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Opening of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Salvador

This year, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) was held between May 25 and June 9. The theme was inspired by the book of Deuteronomy: “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue” (Deut 16: 11-20).

In Salvador, the opening took place last Saturday (18), in the  Santo Inácio Chapel, at the Antonio Vieira School, organized by the  Ecumenical Council of Christian Churches of Bahia  – CEBIC. Representatives from various faith communities were present. At the time, an act was carried out in solidarity with the victims of Vale’s crime in Brumadinho, which has completed 4 months.

 

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU)

Fostered worldwide by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) and the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place at different times in both hemispheres. In the northern hemisphere, the traditional time for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) is January 18-25. These dates were proposed in 1908, by Paul Watson, because they covered the time between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul, and therefore had a symbolic meaning. In the Southern Hemisphere, in turn, the Churches generally celebrate the Week of Prayer in the Pentecost period (as suggested by the Faith and Order movement in 1926), which is also a symbolic moment for the unity of the Church.

 

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