Reformation

‘May the Holy Spirit unite what is still divided’

Pope Francis urged members of the German Lutheran Church, whom he received in the Vatican, to continue walking the path to unity. Receiving a Delegation of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in audience, Pope Francis on Monday recalled his positive 2016 visit to Lund in Sweden to mark the Common Commemoration of the Reformation. Pointing out that “for the [...]

Pope invites Christians of all denominations to be instruments of peace

Amongst those received in audience by Pope Francis at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was the Finnish Ecumenical Delegation. Pope Francis has thanked the Lutheran Catholic Dialogue Commission for Finland for a recently issued ecumenical document. The Pope was receiving in audience the Finnish Ecumenical Delegation as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity drew to [...]

Pope Francis meets new president of Lutheran World Federation

Pope Francis met on Thursday with the new president of the Lutheran World Federation, Nigerian Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus, focusing on common prayer as the key to Christian unity. Recalling his own visit to the Swedish cities of Lund and Malmo last year for the shared commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the pope said praying together purifies, strengthens [...]

Notre Dame university hosts ecumenical prayer service

The service on Sunday November 5th brought together leaders of the Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal and Presbyterian Churches to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Bishop Denis Madden, former chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference committee on ecumenical and interreligious affairs, led the congregation in prayers of repentance and thanksgiving  for the “rich history and unique contributions of diverse Christian [...]

Catholics and Lutherans mark 500th anniversary of Reformation

October 31st 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the day on which German theologian Martin Luther published his 95 theses, setting in motion the events of the Protestant Reformation. To mark the occasion, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Lutheran World Federation on Tuesday issued a joint statement, giving thanks for the spiritual and theological gifts [...]

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