"The responsibility for reinstating the unity of Christians concerns all the Church, both the congregation and the pastors, and falls on everyone, according to one’s possibilities, as much in everyday life as in theological and historical studies. The first common duty is that of praying: by praying and by praying together, Christians become more aware of their brotherly status, even if they are still divided": it was said this morning in the Vatican by Benedict XVI, as he opened the traditional Wednesday morning audience devoted to the Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians that will end tomorrow, with the celebrations of the Vespers in the Basilica di San Paolo fuori le mura. The Pope continued his speech and stated that "ecumenism is a slow, sometimes disheartening, process, when one gives in to the temptation of feeling instead of listening, of hinting instead of bravely speaking up". Then, he added that "ecumenism is a slowly climbing road, as any road to repentance is. A road, however, that, despite its difficulties and just in its difficulties, also offers wide spaces for cheerful, refreshing stops, and from time to time lets one breathe deeply the extremely pure air of full communion".