By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Following in the example of the new Pope Francis, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is reaching out to its neighbors to host what it’s calling an “ecumenical conversation.”

The pope, while a cardinal in Argentina, encouraged and participated in dialogue with Christians of other denominations. He has signaled he will do the same in his new role.

Father Dennis Gill, director of the office for divine worship for the Philadelphia archdiocese, will host a workshop for Christians of all traditions – clergy and congregants – on April 17th at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center on North 17th Street.

“We want them to come together and to have conversation about what actually happens when Christians assemble on Sunday as a way to deepen our appreciation for the divine event of Sunday, celebrating Christ, his death and resurrection.”

Gill says there will be a dinner, prayer service, a panel discussion as well as group conversation.

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