Sunday, January 15, 2012

AFRICA : KENYA : ARCHBISHOP CALLS FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

CISA REPORT: NAIROBI, January 13, 2012 (CISA) –Kenyan Catholic Archbishop Peter Kairo, Chair of the Kenya Episcopal Conference Commission for Ecumenism has urged Kenyans to make a personal commitment to the cause of Christian unity.
In his 2012 message, for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, addressed to the clergy, religious and the laity, the Kenyan bishop called for all Christians to thank the Lord for all His gifts that have enabled them enter into different ecumenical initiatives in the past years.
The International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is marked annually from January 18 to 25. This year’s theme is: We will all be changed by the Victory of our Lord Jesus Christ (cf.1 Corinthians 15:51-58).
Kairo who is also the archbishop of Nyeri Archdiocese said, “The Lord is inviting us individually, as families, as Small Christian Communities (SCC) and as different Christian Churches to enter into a special relationship with Him to be transformed and enjoy the fruits of genuine unity that we all yearn for. This theme is to guide all ecumenical initiatives throughout the year.”
This year’s special prayers have been included in the daily liturgy of the weeklong event. Priests, sisters and parish pastoral councils are expected to guide all ecumenical initiatives.
The English and Kiswahili prayer materials are prepared by an ecumenical group of Christian churches from Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Old Catholic and Protestants churches active in Poland.
The group has dedicated the material to the memory of Monsignor Eleuterio Francesco Fortino, Under Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Fortino was also a long serving member of the International Committee for the preparation of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
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