The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on Thursday (18 January).

This year's theme is ‘You shall love the Lord your God… and your neighbour as yourself’ (Lk 10:27).

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from 18 to 25 January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul.

In choosing this passage of Scripture for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the churches of Burkina Faso invite us to join with them in a process of self-reflection as they consider what it means to love our neighbour, particularly for those who live amidst security crises.

On the eve of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis posted on Twitter: "The Word of God invites us not to close ourselves off or think that we can do it alone, but to grow together. Let us listen to each other, talk together, and support one another. #ChristianUnity

Archbishop Cushley has encouraged Catholic Parishes to host prayer events with nearby churches of other Christian denominations.

St Joseph's in Broomhouse host a prayer service on Thursday, along with St David’s (Church of Scotland) and St Salvador’s (Episcopal Church).

Title image: The Good Samaritan, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. Resources are available here. Read more about the week on Vatican News