Pope Benedict XVI Liturgy of Vespers on the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul for the Conclusion of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 25, 2008

The invitation St Paul addressed to the Thessalonians is still timely. In the face of the shortcomings and sins that still prevent the full communion of Christians, each one of these exhortations has retained its relevance, but this is particularly true of the order "pray without ceasing". What would the ecumenical movement become without the personal or communal prayer that "they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you" (Jn 17: 21)? Where would we find the "extra impetus" of faith, hope and charity, of which our search for unity has a special need today? Our desire for unity must not be limited to isolated occasions; it must become an integral part of our whole prayer life. Full remarks.

Pope Benedict XVI Angelus Address
January 20, 2008

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

Two days ago began the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity during which Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans and Protestants, knowing that their divisions constitute an obstacle to the reception of the Gospel, together implore the Lord, in a yet more intense way, for the gift of full communion. This providential initiative was born 100 years ago, when Father Paul Wattson started the "Octave" of prayer for the unity of all the disciples of Christ. Today for this occasion the spiritual sons and daughters of Father Wattson, the friars and sisters of the Atonement, are present in St. Peter's Square and I greet them cordially and encourage them to pursue the cause of unity with their special dedication... Full remarks.

Pope Benedict XVI address to Finnish ecumenical delegation
January 18, 2008

Distinguished Friends from Finland,

I am pleased to greet your ecumenical delegation as you make your traditional yearly visit to Rome on the occasion of the feast of Saint Henrik, Patron of Finland. I extend a warm welcome to Bishop Mâkinen and Bishop Wróbel, and to all members of your group.

Your visit coincides with the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In fact, this year marks the hundredth anniversary of its inauguration, by Father Paul Wattson, as the "Church Unity Octave"... Full remarks.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: A Select Bibliography
Compiled by Ms. Tracey Del Duca, Librarian, The Interchurch Center & Sr. Lorelei F. Fuchs, SA, The Interchurch Center.

Isaac Hecker and Paul Wattson as Pioneers in Ecumenism: A Hundred Years of Prayer for Christian Unity
By Rev. Damian MacPherson, SA
The Catholic World, January/February 2008, Vol. 242, No.1444

A Prayer Century
By Rev. Damian MacPherson, SA
Living City

Pioneer for Unity: Fourth Degree Knight inspired 100 years of prayer for Christian unity
By Rev. Damian MacPherson, SA
Columbia, January 2008

A History of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
By Timothy MacDonald, SA
Ecumenical Trends. Vol. 36, No. 8, September 2007.

One Hundred Years of Prayer for Christian Unity
By Rev. Damian MacPherson, SA

How Christians Came to Pray Together
By Charles Angell, SA and Robert Mercer, SA

Reflections on the Founders' Intentions of Prayer for Church Unity
By Fr. Emmanuel Sullivan, SA

Celebrate the Power of Prayer
By Fr. Emmanuel Sullivan, SA

Centro Pro Unione Bulletin
La preghiera per la’unita da P. Paul Wattson al Concilio Vaticano II e alla collaborazione con il Consiglio Ecumenico delle Chiese
By Eleuterio F. Fortino
Centro Pro Unione Bulletin. N. 70, Fall 2006.

Student Essays

2008 Ontario, Canada Student Essay Contest info

Unity Begins with One Step
By Peter Grbac, First Place Winner
Toronto 2007

Practise What Christ Preaches
By Gregory Drozdzal, Second Place Winner
Toronto 2007

Speaking for Humanity
By Timothy Fleming, First Place Winner
Brooklyn, NY 2007