Week for Prayer for Christian Unity 2020

In 2020, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be marked on 25-31 May. The materials were prepared by the Christian churches in Malta, on behalf of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches.

The resources have been adapted for Aotearoa New Zealand by the Catholic Bishops Committee for Ecumenism. They include these resources, which can be downloaded using the links on this page:

  • Liturgy sheet (may have to be adapted for limitations on gatherings)
  • Children’s activities (can be used in a group or at home)
  • Eight Days of Prayer (for individual use or group use)
  • Note from Cardinal John Dew for parish newsletters
  • Homilies of Pope Francis for the Week of Prayer (the Week is celebrated in January in the northern hemisphere)

This introduces, and provides background for, this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity theme. Download the introduction

This is provided for use by those who prepare or lead worship. Download liturgy

Children's activities
Activities for children's liturgy or it can be used as activities to do at home. Download children's activities

Eight days of prayer
This can be used in a group or at home. Download eight days of prayer

Message for parish newsletters

Parishes are asked to use the message from Cardinal John Dew in their newsletter for Ascension Sunday. Download message

Homilies of Pope Francis
Read the homilies of Pope Francis prepared for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.