Vatican City, Jan 20, 2013 / 09:11 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Benedict XVI asked for more prayers of world peace as part of the Christian Unity week celebrated this week.
"For the prayer of Christian unity I would like to add again that one for peace, because, in the ongoing diverse conflicts, and end to the massacres of unarmed civilians, an end to all violence, and that courage to dialogue and to negotiate is found," he told thousands of pilgrims from his Aposotolic Palace window at St. Peter's Square today.
The Church is now celebrating its annual week of prayer for Christian unity, which began Jan. 18 and will end Jan. 25.
The Pope detailed the importance of unity during his Sunday Angelus at the Vatican.
"One of the most serious sins that disfigures the face of the Church is against its visible unity, especially the historical divisions the have separated Christians that haven't yet been overcome," said Pope Benedict.