For 2006 the theme was taken from the gospel of Matthew ( “if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” – Mt 18,19-20). Commenting briefly the Holy Father said that these words imbue “trust” and “hope” , while “urging Christians together to ask God for that full unity, which Christ Himself emphasised in his prayer to the Lord during the Last Supper”. Even obstacles and difficulties are useful: “ they push us to exercise patience and perseverance and to grow in fraternal charity. God is love, and only converting ourselves to Him and by accepting His word will we find ourselves all united in the mystic body of Christ”.