Archbishop Longley: The journey together towards Christian Unity

Archbishop Longley
What is the foundation for good ecumenical relations? According to the Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, it is “friendships, reflecting, praying, and witnessing together,” which enables deeper bonds and understanding. 

Archbishop Bernard spoke to Vatican News about this year’s theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (which took place from 18 – 25 January), whilst reflecting on Synodality and ecumenism.

You can listen or read his thoughts at

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CUC Event on ‘The Bishop and Christian Unity: An Ecumenical Vademecum’

The Commission held an online event on 19 October 2021 about the recent important publication by the Pontifical Council for promoting Christian Unity, The Bishop and Christian Unity: An Ecumenical Vademecum (you can view the publication here: 2020 12 04 Vademecum online).

Fr Jan Nowotnik, Director of Mission and National Ecumenical Officer at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, introduced the document.  The event was recorded and can be watched below.

CUC Discussion on The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

Ten years on from the establishment of the Ordinariate, how should this project for the quest for Christian unity now be seen? The CUC held an online event on 14 April 2021 where there was a discussion on this and other aspects of the Ordinariate between Bishop Paul Hendricks, Assistant Bishop in the Archdiocese of Southwark, and Fr Christopher Pearson OLW.

The event was recorded and can be watched below.

Interfaith and Interchurch Dialogue: How are they Different?

Many Christians today consider dialogue and cooperation with people of other faiths as at least as pressing an issue as the search for unity between Christians of different traditions. The Christian Unity Commission held its first online conference on 30 November 2020. This event was organised to help us to learn more about the contribution that the Roman Catholic Church makes to interfaith activity in London (north and south).

The event was recorded on Zoom and can be watched below.


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