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The Profession of Faith

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Toward unity

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“Christ bestowed unity on his Church from the beginning.

This unity, we believe, subsists in the Catholic Church as some-

thing she can never lose, and we hope that it will continue to

increase until the end of time.”

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Christ always gives his Church

the gift of unity, but the Church must always pray and work to

maintain, reinforce, and perfect the unity that Christ wills for her.

This is why Jesus himself prayed at the hour of his Passion, and

does not cease praying to his Father, for the unity of his disciples:

“That they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in

you, may they also be one in us, . . . so that the world may know

that you have sent me.”

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The desire to recover the unity of all

Christians is a gift of Christ and a call of the Holy Spirit.

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Certain things are required in order to respond adequately to this

call:

— a permanent

renewal

of the Church in greater fidelity to her vocation;

such renewal is the driving-force of the movement toward unity;

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conversion of heart

as the faithful “try to live holier lives according to the

Gospel”;

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for it is the unfaithfulness of the members to Christ’s gift

which causes divisions;

prayer in common,

because “change of heart and holiness of life, along

with public and private prayer for the unity of Christians, should be

regarded as the soul of the whole ecumenical movement, and merits the

name ‘spiritual ecumenism;’”

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fraternal knowledge of each other;

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ecumenical formation

of the faithful and especially of priests;

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dialogue

among theologians and meetings among Christians of the dif-

ferent churches and communities;

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collaboration

among Christians in various areas of service to mankind.

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“Human service” is the idiomatic phrase.

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UR

4 § 3.

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Jn

17:21; cf.

Heb

7:25.

279 Cf.

UR

1.

280 Cf.

UR

6.

281

UR

7 § 3.

282

UR

8 § 1.

283 Cf.

UR

9.

284 Cf.

UR

10.

285 Cf.

UR

4; 9; 11.

286 Cf.

UR

12.

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