Ut Unum Sint

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THAT THEY MAY BE ONE
Ut Unum Sint
Encyclical of Pope John Paul II promulgated on May 25, 1995
CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER I - THE CATHOLIC CHURCH'S COMMITMENT TO ECUMENISM
God's plan and communion The way of ecumenism: the way of the Church Renewal and conversion The fundamental importance of doctrine The primacy of prayer Ecumenical dialogue Local structures of dialogue Dialogue as an examination of conscience Dialogue as a means of resolving disagreements Practical cooperation
CHAPTER II - THE FRUITS OF DIALOGUE
Brotherhood rediscovered Solidarity in the service of humanity Approaching one another through the Word of God and through divine worship Appreciating the endowments present among other Christians The growth of
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Complacency, indifference and insufficient knowledge of one another> often make this situation worse. Consequently, the commitment to ecumenism must be based upon the conversion of hearts and upon prayer, which will also lead to the <necessary purification of past memories>. With the grace of the Holy Spirit, the Lord's disciples, inspired by love, by the power of the truth and by a sincere desire for mutual forgiveness and reconciliation, are called to <re-examine together their painful past> and the hurt which that past regrettably continues to provoke even today. All together, they are invited by the ever fresh power of the Gospel to acknowledge with sincere and total objectivity the mistakes made and the contingent factors at work at the origins of their deplorable divisions. <What is needed is a calm, clear-sighted and truthful vision of things>, a vision enlivened by divine mercy and capable of freeing people's minds and of inspiring in everyone a renewed willingness, precisely with a view to proclaiming the Gospel to the men and women of every people and nation.
3. At the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church committed herself <irrevocably> to following the path of the ecumenical venture, thus heeding the Spirit of the Lord, who teaches people to
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