“I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17:20-21, emphasis added).

Jesus’ words to his disciples, uttered at the Last Supper, ring with solemnity through the ages. Since that time, the Church that Christ founded has witnessed its share of disunity, beginning most notably with the East-West Schism of 1054 and further separated by the Reformation, the 500th anniversary of which we soberly mark amid our prayers of petition and penitence.

The Reformation is a cause for reflection, certainly not celebration. Our coverage examines the sad events surrounding the sundering of brothers and sisters from the Church and the enormous disarray those events unleashed. As our culture continues to unravel at an alarming rate, Christians should be coming together through what unites us. And just as God gave the Church the great saints of the Reformation — Francis de Sales, Teresa of Avila, Philip Neri, Robert Bellarmine, John of the Cross and others — we can be confident that God is now raising up men and women to lead the way to Christ. Please join me in praying for Christian unity. As the men and women in the hundreds of Protestant denominations seek the truth, I pray that they are led to the ultimate Truth.

God bless you!