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Korean Church gears for Christian unity octave

Blame ourselves for disunity, Korean bishop says

Catholic and Protestant leaders during an ecumenical gathering (File photo) Catholic and Protestant leaders during an ecumenical gathering (File photo)
  • Stephen Hong, Seoul
  • Korea
  • January 4, 2011
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Real unity will only begin when we recognize that we are to blame for the divide between Christian Churches, says the head of the Korean bishops’ committee for Christian unity.

The early Christians who experienced the resurrection of Jesus ceaselessly prayed together, living communion though they were also divided, noted Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong of Kwangju archdiocese in his message for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

“The start of Christian unity is communion and prayer,” Bishop Kim emphasized.

Catholics must “make opportunities to pray together with Protestant brothers and sisters at home or working places,” he added.

“When we first try to make reconciliation and unity, we can be real salt and light to build Christ’s peace in this land,” Bishop Kim concluded.

This year’s prayer for Christian unity will be held at a Salvation Army church in Seoul on Jan. 21.

The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, observed around the world from Jan. 18-25 has gathered momentum since 1965, when the Catholic and Anglican Churches in Korea first began to visit one another and hold joint prayer meetings.

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