Anglicans and Catholics team up to spread word
FREE copies of the Gospel of St Luke will be distributed today to the homes of 100,000 Catholics and members of the Church of Ireland in Dublin.
The deliveries will be courtesy of the Catholic and Anglican archbishops of Dublin in a joint evangelisation campaign to highlight the annual Christian unity week, which starts today.
Archbishops Diarmuid Martin and John Neill are to meet in Trinity College Chapel at noon to launch what they describe as "a unique venture to spread the good news of the Gospel of Luke throughout our diocese".
This is the Church's liturgical year of St Luke and it is the Gospel being read in churches throughout the year.
As part of the year of evangelisation, this is the latest in a series of ecumenical initiatives spearheaded by both archbishops.
The two archbishops booked a joint tent with the Irish Missionary Union at last year's Ploughing Championships.
this Gospel of St Luke project will be followed with a DVD, 'Luke the Book', for families and children.
The two churches are also planning a joint youth pilgrimage to Taizé, the ecumenical place of prayer in France, for later in the year.
Archbishop Martin has said that this evangelisation project is parallel to the special Lenten Pastoral on reform of the Irish Catholic Church in the wake of the Murphy report, which Pope Benedict XVI is planning to issue in time for Ash Wednesday, on February 15.