January 31, 2011

The search for Christian unity has not been easy, but it already has drawn Christians closer to one another and made Christianity more attractive to those who do not believe, Pope Benedict said.

A sense of brotherhood among Christians "is the most tangible sign of unity, especially for those outside" the Christian community, the pope said Jan. 19 at his weekly general audience.

Pope Benedict dedicated his talk to explaining the theme chosen for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The theme for 2011 was: One in the Apostles' teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer.

Pope Benedict said the theme, drawn from the Acts of the Apostles, contains the four characteristics that made the early Church community in Jerusalem "a place of unity and love."