A Handbook of Spiritual Ecumenism

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A Handbook of Spiritual Ecumenism

A tool for Applied Ecumenism
    About the book

    This Handbook offers practical suggestions for implementing spiritual ecumenism, the heart of all efforts to re-unite divided Christians. Grounded in the documents of the Second Vatican Council, as well as the encyclical Ut Unum Sint and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it is written for anyone who values deeply the restoration of Christian unity, especially those responsible for promoting it at various levels of Church life.

    Cardinal Kasper's handbook distills the wonderful possibilities of common prayer and witness available to Christians of disparate communions. As a tool of applied ecumenism, this clearly written text provides pastors and teachers with practical ways of engaging others with the mandate to seek unity within the Body of Christ.

    Rev. James Massa
    Executive Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Religious Affairs, USCCB

    About the author

     Walter Cardinal Kasper, President emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, was born in Germany in 1933. He was ordained priest in 1957. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Theological Faculty of Tübingen. In 1994 he was named co-chair of the International Commission for Lutheran/Catholic Dialogue. Wide respect for his ecumenical work led John Paul II to appoint him President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, a position he held from 2001-2010.