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LIVE: Pope begins the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Pope Francis will kickoff the week-long celebration for prayer for the Unity of Christians at St. Paul Outside the Walls at 5 p.m., Rome time. 

The week runs from Jan. 18-25, between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul. This year's theme is inspired by Deuteronomy 16:18-20, as "Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue."  

Normally the pope celebrates the closing of the event, but with his trip to Panama this year, he chose to begin the week of prayer.