Benedict XVI General Audience of 18th January 2006 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
“Whenever two or three of you come together in my name, I am here with you”. “If two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven (Mt 18, 19). This solemn assurance of Jesus to his disciples also sustains our prayer. The “Week of prayer for Christian Unity” by now a tradition, begins today. It is an important event for reflection on the tragedy of the division of the Christian community and to ask with Jesus himself “that they may all be one … so that the world may believe.” (Jn 17:21) .We also do so here today, in harmony with a great multitude throughout the world. Indeed prayer “for the Union of all” involves Catholics, Orthadox and Protestants, brought together in different forms, times and ways by the same faith in Jesus Christ, the one Lord and Saviour.