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There was a time when the churches of town would hold a Sunday afternoon ecumenical service to mark the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. When the service was held in a Catholic church, there would be a Protestant minister as speaker and vice versa.

Thirty or more years ago, this kind of ecumenism was nothing short of remarkable. It had not been all that long before a Protestant entering a Catholic church of a Catholic stepping into a Protestant church would have been viewed with amazement if not alarm. Suspicion and perhaps a touch of superstition still lingered well over four centuries after the Reformation.

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