Unity and the long conversation

The Reverend and the Pope

Following the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, in which different denominations prayed with Pope Francis, Rev Tara Curlewis, former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Australia, talks about the ecumenical movement.

- Vatican Radio

The week of prayer for Christian Unity concluded on Sunday, when ministers and congregations from many different denominations gathered with Pope Francis in the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls for Vespers marking the feast of the conversion of the Apostle of the Gentiles.

Among those taking part for the first time was Reverend Tara Curlewis, an ordained minister of the Uniting Church in Australia, who has also worked closely with the World Council  of Churches and until recently co-chaired Australia’s National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims and Jews.

Rev Curlewis says the Uniting Church of Australia, which formed in 1977 after a very long conversation that began in about 1901 between different denominations including the Methodists, Presbyterians and Congregationalists, deliberately call themselves Uniting (rather than United) to reflect the fact of being on a journey that other Christians are welcome to join as well.

She talked to Vatican Radio's Philippa Hitchen about her own ministry and about the goal of the wider ecumenical movement today.

To listen to the full interview, click here.


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Oriental Orthodox and Catholics work to conclude joint document (Vatican Radio)

Pope Francis concludes Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Vatican Radio)

Pope Francis: Religious who pray for Christian unity an "invisible monastery" (Vatican Radio)


Pope Francis: Religious life a vocation to the unity of Christians (Vatican)

Pope on Christian Unity: It takes more than just theoretical discussions... (Rome Reports)

Pope highlights 'ecumenism of blood' (Catholic News Service)

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