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A community of hope embracing a community of pain

The English service of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was hosted by Rosary Church in Tsimshatsui, on the evening of January 22. Maryknoll Father Michael Sloboda, the assistant parish priest, welcomed all to the unity service. An ecumenical working group in Indonesia prepared this year’s materials, while the event was co-sponsored by the Hong Kong Christian Council and the Catholic Diocesan Ecumenical Commission. 
 

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A pledge to promote justice in Christian Unity Week

HONG KONG (SE): In response to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, around 300 people from different Christian denominations attended an ecumenical prayer service at St. Teresa’s Church, Prince Edward Road, on January 19, in which Church leaders urged those present to bear witness to God through compassion, humility and a dedication to promote justice.
 

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Search for Christian unity is making progress, Vatican official says

VATICAN (CNS): Despite some new tensions, “practically the whole of Christianity is in a process of advancing beyond the controversies and competition of the past, toward greater understanding, trust and solidarity,” said Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
 

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Christian Unity Week in action

Sister Grace Lee FSP
 
There was a concrete experience of what it means to talk about Christians being united at an event held at the All Saints Cathedral (Anglican), Mongkok, for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, on January 20. Reverend Samson Fan, pastor of this beautiful Anglican church, invited the Daughters of St. Paul to participate in the worship and to put up a book and media counter for parishioners.
 

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Christian unity begins when blessings are shared pope says

ROME (CNS): “It is easy to forget the fundamental equality existing among us: that once we were all slaves to sin, that the Lord saved us in baptism and called us his children,” Pope Francis said at an ecumenical prayer service at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, Italy, to mark the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on January 18. 
 

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Every year from January 18 to 25 we observe the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year’s theme is: Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue … (Deuteronomy 16:18-20). Christian Churches in Hong Kong are organising several ecumenical activities, one of which is a prayer service for Christian unity at St. Teresa’s Church, Kowloon, on the evening of January 19.
 








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Strong turnout for final service of Christian Unity Week

The final service of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was held on the evening of January 24 at the Community Church Hong Kong in Sheung Wan, with strong participation of both Catholic and Protestant Christians. 
 
The hour-long English worship featured music, prayers and a sermon on the theme, Your Right Hand, Lord, Was Majestic in Power (Exodus 15:6). The event was co-sponsored by the Hong Kong Christian Council and the Catholic Diocesan Ecumenical Commission.
 

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Christians called to unite their voices

HONG KONG (SE): Kicking off the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with the theme, Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power (Exodus 15:6), some 300 people came together for a joint ecumenical communion service and breakfast fellowship at the Methodist Church in Wanchai on January 18.
 
Representatives from the Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox and Catholic Churches led the congregation in prayer and song, proclaiming the scriptures and confessing the Nicene Creed.
 

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What divides and unifies Chinese Christians?

HONG KONG (UCAN): January 18 marked the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which is promoted by both the World Council of Churches in Geneva and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome.

Michel Chambon, a French Catholic theologian pursuing a doctorate in anthropology at Boston University in the United States of America, asks what it holds for Churches and developing Christian communities in China.

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