On this wonderful Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, the entire Christian community begins an International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-Jan.25). This year’s theme is Abide in my love…You shall bear much fruit. (John 15:1-17). This week of prayer has a history of more than 100 years where Christians around the world have taken part in prayer for visible unity. For more information on the week, go to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs Prayer Week webpage at: PrayerWeekChristianUnity.

Bishop David P. Talley, Chairman, Bishops Committee on Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs, addresses the importance of this religious prayer week in the following six minute video: BishopTalleyVideoPrayerWeek. The spiritual video will be shown on the USCCB Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs webpage at: EcumenicalInterreligious — and includes Bishop Talley explaining the impact the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had on his Christian life.

Note: The Bishops Committee on Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs assists all Catholic Bishops in their commitment to advancing Christian unity and building ties of friendship and understanding with other religious traditions. The Committee consists of 18 Bishops who specialize in relations between Christians and Interreligious groups. Bishop Talley was recently named Chairman, which is a three-year leadership position.

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