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BACKGROUND: Acknowledgments

2012 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The theme and text for each year's observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are chosen and prepared by representatives of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

The initial work leading to the publication of this booklet was done by a group of Christian leaders in Warsaw, Poland composed of representatives of the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and Old Catholic and Protestant Churches active in Poland. From February – June 2010 they gathered as group of representatives brought together at the invitation of The Commission for Dialogue of the Conference of the Polish Episcopate and the Polish Ecumenical Council. We would like to thank all of those who contributed, particularly:

Edward Puslecki (General Superintendent of the United Methodist Church in Poland,Warsaw)
Bishop Krzysztof Nitkiewicz (Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Sandomierz) 
Mrs. Monika Walus (Roman Catholic Church, Józefów)
Mrs. Kalina Wojciechowska (Evangelical Lutheran Church, Warsaw)
Rev. Andrzej Gontarek (Polish Catholic Church, Lublin)
Rev. Ireneusz Lukas (Evangelical Lutheran Church, Warsaw)
Rev. Henryk Paprocki (Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church, Warsaw)
Rev. Slawomir Pawlowski SAC (Roman Catholic Church, Lublin)

The texts proposed here were finalized during the meeting of the International Committee nominated by the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. The group met in September 2010 at the secretariat of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference (Sekretariat Konferencji Episkopatu Polski) in Warsaw. The International Committee is grateful to Archbishop Jeremiasz, President of the Polish Ecumenical Council, and to Bishop Tadeusz Pikus, President of the Council of the Conference of the Polish Episcopate for Ecumenism, who formed the local working group in Poland. The coordinators of the working group were Rev. Ireneusz Lukas (Evanglical Lutheran Church) and Rev. Slawomir Pawlowski (Roman Catholic church). The texts proposed for use in 2012 were finalized during the meeting of the international preparatory group.

During the meeting of the International Committee in Warsaw, Poland in September 2010, news was received of the death of Monsignor Eleuterio Francesco Fortino, Under-Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and long serving member of the International Committee for the preparation of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. His passion and dedication for the cause of Christian unity and especially for the promotion of prayer for the unity of Christians was one of many gifts he possessed and shared willingly with the other members of the Committee. This year’s text is dedicated to his memory. May praying with these texts bring closer the fulfillment of Christ’s prayer, “That they all may be one... so that the world may believe.”

Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute, in its planning of these resource materials also invites ecumenists and church leaders of various religious traditions to contribute resource materials for celebrating the Week of Prayer of Prayer for Christian Unity. Acknowledgment of these authors appears with their text.
In addition, acknowledgment is due to those who contributed in particular to various segments of these resources.

Translation:
Ms. Betty Maurovich for Spanish translations for editorial review of the Spanish text.

Worship:
International Preparatory group text, edited by Fr. Thomas Orians, SA, Editor, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity resources and Associate Director, Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute and Fr. James Loughran, SA, Director, Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute.

Practical Information and Resources:
Ms. Liz Matos, Secretary, Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute, for the compilation of "Observing the Week of Prayer...", "Continuing the Committment...", "Resources for Ecumenical and Interreligious Understanding" and "Week of Prayer Available Resource Material." 

Mrs. Veronica Sullivan, Business Manager, Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute, for editorial review and management of the business and distribution of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity resource materials.

Biblical Text:
The translation of the biblical text in English used in the Ecumenical Celebration of the Word and Daily Prayer guide are from The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, and are used by permission. All rights reserved. For those text in Spanish the biblical translation are from Biblia de Jerusalén 1999, Desclée De Brouwer Bilbao, and are used by permission. All rights reserved.