On the last day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Benedict XVI spoke this morning with the Joint Working Group between the World Council of Churches and the Catholic Church about progress in the dialogue for unity. Vatican Radio and Papa Ratzinger Forum have the text of his address, which was delivered in English. In it, he said, "To pray for unity is itself 'an effective means of obtaining the grace of unity' (Unitatis Redintegratio, 8), since it is a participation in the prayer of Jesus himself."
This evening, he presided at the celebration of Vespers for the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, concluding the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Papa Ratzinger Forum has an English translation of his homily. Asia News has an article. He spoke of the combination of human effort and divine grace at work in drawing Christians into unity. Mentioning prayer again, he said, "Unity with God and others is built, above all, through a life of prayer, in the constant quest for 'the will of God for you in Christ Jesus' (cfr 1 Thes 5,18)," and "There is no genuine ecumenism that is not rooted in prayer."