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I am often asked:
am working for Christian Unity because I have been called by God. In
seeking to discern God's will,I became convinced, unexpectedly, that God
has called and continues to call me to this ministry.
The Catholic Church is working for Christian Unity because at the Last Supper Jesus explicitly called his disciples to be one. [Jn 17:21]. This call is echoed in the epistles of St. Paul. We pray for unity in our Eucharistic Prayers at Mass.
The Decree on Ecumenism of the Second Vatican Council and a host of later church documents point the way to Christian Unity. We are urged to grow in love for our fellow Christians. Thus we are called to follow Christ more deeply. I would say that we are called to spiritual growth—and we must admit that all of us, Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox can resist this divine grace.
The lowering of barriers between Christians in the last 100 years has had a profound impact. We now are free:
The Declaration Nostra Aetate of the Vatican
Council called Catholics to interreligious understanding. Here the goal
is deeper mutual respect. We seek the common good together. We also seek
to build a civil society rooted in religious freedom.
Let me welcome you to the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.Our website has resources that can answer many of your questions.
John Crossin, OSFS
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