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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in the Holy Land January 19-27, 2013

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated in many parts of the world, and is also an anticipated event in the Holy City, where Jesus addressed his Father on the eve of his death when he prayed: “so that they may all be one… that the world may believe…”(John 17:21).

It is a reminder that applies in all times and all situations, and is particularly urgent in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East, dominated by divisions and persecutions.

The theme of this year’s prayer, entrusted to the Christians of India (Christian Movement of Students in India), by the “Council of World Churches for the Promotion of Christian Unity”, refers to the issue of discrimination within the Indian society, as well as around the world.

Like the words of the Prophet Micah: “What the Lord requires of us” (cfr Micah 6:8), in an invitation to refection and prayer; in order that the path that each one of us takes is oriented towards justice and mercy, and becomes a powerful symbol of love and hope in order to live, with humility, a radical choice of faith in the Lord.

This year, as in the past, the Christians of different faith communities will gather each day in the Churches of their brothers for common prayer.

The Custody of the Holy Land invites all to participate in this prayer on January 24, 2013 at 17:00 in the Church of Saint Saviour, Jerusalem.

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