Every year, from January 18 to the 25th, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed by many denominations.
All Christians, by definition, acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior of the world. That affirmation of Christ requires that we work to fight injustice. In his encyclical letter on Christian Unity, issued in 1995, Pope John Paul II wrote, “Many Christians from all Communities, by reason of their faith, are jointly involved in bold projects aimed at changing the world by inculcating respect for the rights and needs of everyone, especially the poor, the lowly, and the defenseless… Christians who once acted independently are now engaged together in the service of this cause, so that God’s mercy may triumph”.
The pro-life movement continues to be the arena where these efforts are most visible and valuable.
By Fr. Frank Pavone
Priests for Life