In light of many recent confusing and divisive events around the globe, Urbi et Orbi Communications is launching an ambitious initiative for unity in the Church, and in the world. The time is now. It is urgent that we heed the call St. Francis received when he knelt before a Byzantine crucifix in the little, collapsing Chapel of San Damiano in the year 1205: “Come, rebuild my Church, which, as you can see, is falling into ruins..”
The initiatives we are launching are:
- Creation of a Center for Unity in Assisi: This will be a collaborative space where we will sponsor conferences, round-tables, concerts and retreats to build unity both within the Catholic Church and between Catholics and the Orthodox.
- Expansion of Urbi et Orbi Foundation initiatives: We plan to provide scholarships for Catholic and Orthodox universities and fund Pilgrimage Exchange programs for priests between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. We are also supporting our “Friends of Lebanon” charitable campaign – at a time when both Orthodox and Catholics are fleeing this home of ancient Christianity, we are working to help these beleaguered people remain, and thrive, in their homeland.
- Continued development of our Digital Outreach and Print Publications: We will expand the reach of Inside the Vatican magazine and the Moynihan Letters, develop new book projects, and bring to digital audiences our much-praised Virtual Pilgrimages and online webinars.
- Formation of the Urbi et Orbi Women’s Council: This Council embodies our vision of Catholic and Orthodox women working together for unity, in conjunction with the Holy See and the leadership of the Orthodox churches.
Our spiritual battle is not between one ideology and another (whether liberal or conservative), but between all ideologies and the proclamation of the Risen Christ, the person of Jesus Christ as the answer to all human hopes.
The true battle is the one fought by St. Francis. It is a battle for the Church, to rebuild the Church and to unify the Church. But where does this battle take place? In the heart. In the soul. In prayer. In common work.
“By nature, each one of us is enclosed in his own personality, but supernaturally, we are all one. We are made one body in
Christ because we are nourished by one flesh. As Christ is
indivisible, we are all one in Him. Therefore, He asked His
Father “that they may all be One, as We also are one.” –St. Cyril of Alexandria (376-444)
Our Catholic and Orthodox churches have been fighting the same spiritual battles, but too often separately. Now it is time for us to fight together.
The battle that we are fighting, and that our Orthodox brothers and sisters are fighting also, is a battle between what is earthly and what is heavenly, between what is below and what is above, between what is material and what is transcendent, heavenly, spiritual, directed to the coming of God’s Kingdom. We share a common goal: to help unite individual souls with God, and to strengthen the bonds of unity between our churches.
So, we invite you to stay in touch with us as we launch our new Unitas campaign, and learn how we are working for unity in Christ: unity of each soul with God, unity within our Church, and unity with our Orthodox brothers and sisters. Christ prayed “That all may be one.” May that prayer be on the lips of each one of us as well.
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