Portrait of the Abbé Paul Irénée Couturier, 1881-1953, by Brigitte Comby de Molliens,
specially commissioned by Unité Chrétienne for the Fiftieth Anniversary

"Humility, the fruit of prayer, opens all barred roads"

This website celebrates Paul Couturier's pioneer call to Spiritual Ecumenism. It was created by Unitas-The Catholic League for the Fiftieth Anniversary of his death on 24th March 1953. It is also supported by the Society for Ecumenical Studies.

Paul Couturier was a French priest, much loved by Christian people all round the world and revered by leaders in other faiths, who saw in his profound Christian spirituality a love of God and a love of humanity with which they too could identify.

He became known as the apostle of Christian Unity. At the Second Vatican Council, his hopes for Christian Unity, through closer conversion of all Christians to Christ and in an ever growing holiness, spiritual ecumenism, were expressly embraced as the hope and work of the entire Catholic Church in Unitatis Redintegratio, the Decree on Ecumenism.

the a s It is largely thanks to his humble, tireless efforts that the modern Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians came into being.

In January 2008 the Church throughout the world keeps the Centenary of the beginnings of the Week of Prayer in its predecessor, the Church Unity Octave. It will also be the 65th Anniversary its re-invention by Paul Couturier as the Universal Week of Prayer by Christians for the Unity of Christians - the modern Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

THE UNITY OF CHRISTIANS: THE VISION OF PAUL COUTURIER - Read the book about the Apostle of Unity here online.

Archbishop Rowan Williams' 2003 call to a new Spiritual Ecumenism

Sacred Space - Ten minutes of daily prayer online

Daily Intercessions for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Rejesus - Churches Together in England's spirituality pages