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Week of Prayer: Visit to Rome explores growth towards Christian unity

Lutheran World Federation Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations, Prof. Dirk Lange

As the annual Christian Unity week draws to a close, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations, Prof. Dirk Lange is in Rome praying with Pope Francis and representatives of other churches for reconciliation within the Christian world.
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Posted: Jan. 25, 2023 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=13148
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Dirk Lange, Lutheran World Federation, WPCU
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Dirk Lange, Lutheran World Federation, WPCU


LWF gives thanks for life of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, 1927-2022

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) joins with Catholics and other faith leaders in mourning the loss of former Pope Benedict XVI, who died on 31 December 2022 at the age of 95. Recalling his deep commitment to the search for reconciliation between the divided Christian churches, LWF General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt said: “Pope Benedict XVI was a sharp-minded theologian whose strong academic background shaped his pontificate. We give thanks for his encouragement never to slacken in the ecumenical endeavour and we will gratefully remember his appreciation of the Joint Declaration of Doctrine of Justification that has enabled many advances in Lutheran-Roman Catholic relations.”
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Posted: Dec. 31, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=13137
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Benedict XVI
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Benedict XVI


Full house when Lutherans gather at WCC Assembly

A. Danielsson, Lutheran World Federation
Participants in the Lutheran confessional meeting at the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany

“One in every eight persons you meet at the World Council of Churches (WCC) Assembly is likely to be a Lutheran,” said The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt at the opening of a Lutheran confessional meeting at the 11th World Council of Churches (WCC) Assembly in Karlsruhe earlier this week.

Lutherans from churches all over the world came together for the meeting to share their joys, concerns, and hopes and reflect on the assembly theme from a perspective of Lutheran churches and theology.
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Posted: Sept. 2, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12508
Categories: Conferences, Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anne Burghardt, Lutheran World Federation, WCC, WCC Assembly
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Catégorie : Conferences, Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Anne Burghardt, Lutheran World Federation, WCC, WCC Assembly


Walking a new path together towards Christian unity

Philippa Hitchen, Lutheran World Federation
During the 15th Lambeth Conference, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, poses with LWF General Secretary, Rev. Anne Burghardt, and Associate General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations, Rev. Dirk Lange

How do we – as Christian world communions – define the goal of visible unity for our churches? Can we find a way forward, walking together towards a shared vision? Or do we “simply fall back and expect the other to look like us?”

Those were key questions posed by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt to Anglican bishops and representatives of other Christian world communions gathered at the 15th Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England.

Under the leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, over 650 Anglican leaders, as well as bishops in full communion from across the globe, are meeting from 26 July to 8 August. Reflecting on the theme ‘God’s Church for God’s World: walking, listening and witnessing together’, they are discussing the mission and the priorities of the worldwide communion for the next decade.
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Posted: Aug. 5, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12347
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anne Burghardt, Christian unity, Dirk Lange, Lambeth Conference, Lutheran World Federation
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Anne Burghardt, Christian unity, Dirk Lange, Lambeth Conference, Lutheran World Federation


Anglican-Lutheran relations: Looking towards Lambeth

Philippa Hitchen, Lutheran World Federation
Rev Dr Will Adam

Archdeacon of Canterbury Dr Will Adam shares ecumenical insights and hopes ahead of the 15th Lambeth Conference.

Anglican bishops from around the globe are gearing up for a major event in the life of their communion which will shape the ministry and mission of its members over the next decade. The fifteenth Lambeth Conference takes place in Canterbury from 26 July to 8 August, bringing together over 600 bishops, alongside spouses, ecumenical observers and other invited guests.

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt will be taking part in that meeting, together with Prof. Dirk Lange, LWF’s Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations. Among those on hand to welcome them to the ancient city on the south-eastern tip of England will be a friend and ecumenical expert, Rev. Dr Will Adam, who was recently appointed Archdeacon of Canterbury.

Originally held at Lambeth Palace, the residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury on the banks of the river Thames in London, the Lambeth Conference has been meeting more or less once a decade since 1867 for prayer, reflection, fellowship and discussions on the challenges facing the 80-million-member global communion. It is one of the four, so-called Instruments of Unity of the Anglican Communion.
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Posted: June 28, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=11932
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: ALICUM, Anglican, dialogue, Lutheran
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : ALICUM, Anglican, dialogue, Lutheran


Lutheran-Catholic report: Baptism and Growth in Communion

Philippa Hitchen, Lutheran World Information
Members of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity at the final meeting of their Fifth Phase in Strasbourg in 2018

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) have issued a joint press release announcing the online publication of the report of the Fifth Phase of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity. The report is entitled Baptism and Growth in Communion. The new document, which has been in preparation for the past seven years, includes important impulses for ongoing theological and ecclesiological discussion and makes “a significant step in proposing a differentiating consensus on baptism.”

The report seeks to find a language for the ecclesial dimensions of growth in communion. It concludes with six commitments setting out a road map for the ongoing dialogue and for the growing cooperation at all levels between Lutherans and Catholics. It highlights particular events over recent years that have contributed to the journey ‘from conflict to communion’, notably the joint commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Lund, Sweden, the Declaration of Intent endorsing fuller collaboration between the LWF’s World Service arm and the Caritas Internationalis network, as well as local initiatives such as the visit of Pope Francis to the Lutheran parish in Rome in 2015.
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Posted: Apr. 7, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=11278
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: baptism, dialogue, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Dirk Lange, Lutheran World Federation
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : baptism, dialogue, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Dirk Lange, Lutheran World Federation


Bishop Farrell: ‘Synodality’ and the search for Christian unity

Philippa Hitchen, Lutheran World Information
Bishop Brian Farrell, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

As Christians come together to mark the annual ecumenical Week of Prayer, the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), Bishop Brian Farrell, says Pope Francis’ synodal process could make a “hugely important” contribution to improving relationships between the different churches.
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Posted: Jan. 20, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=11280
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Brian Farrell, Christian unity, Dirk Lange, synodality, WPCU
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Brian Farrell, Christian unity, Dirk Lange, synodality, WPCU


Statement from Notre Dame Consultation: Visible Unity and Common Witness

The representatives of five Christian World Communions - Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists and the Reformed - at the Notre Dame Consultation

Participants at a historic gathering of church leaders from five Christian World Communions have issued a statement recommitting themselves to communicating the biblical message of salvation in new ways to contemporary society. We “wish to make more visible our common witness, in worship and service, on our journey together towards visible unity, walking together, praying together and working together.”
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Posted: Apr. 3, 2019 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10483
Categories: Communiqué, Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anglican Communion, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, JDDJ, justification by faith, Lutheran World Federation, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council
Transmis : 3 avril 2019 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=10483
Catégorie : Communiqué, Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, JDDJ, justification by faith, Lutheran World Federation, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council


Deeply Committed to Christian unity

Rev. Dr Miriam Haar, LWF's Theological Assistant

Ahead of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the JDDJ later this year, the LWF is launching a new publication, reaffirming its ecumenical commitments in light of these latest developments. These commitments were formally adopted by the LWF Council in 2018, putting into practice the Lutheran communion’s pledge to be more accountable to its ecumenical partners.

Entitled ‘The Lutheran World Federation’s Commitments on the Ecumenical Way to Ecclesial Communion’, the publication was launched at a prayer service in the Geneva Ecumenical Center Chapel on 16 January. The user-friendly booklet summarises recent progress and lists six ways in which Lutherans pledge their commitment to the search for full and visible unity of all Christians.
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Posted: Jan. 16, 2019 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10324
Categories: Documents, Lutheran World InformationIn this article: ecumenism, Lutheran World Federation
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Catégorie : Documents, Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : ecumenism, Lutheran World Federation


Healing the wounds in the body of Christ

Representatives of the five churches who signed the <i>Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification</i> gathered at the PCPCU offices in Rome

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) together with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), as well as the Methodist, the Reformed and the Anglican communion will start a consultation process to discuss spiritual and ecclesial implications of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.

“We have now five signatories of this ecumenical declaration,” says Kaisamari Hintikka, LWF Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations. “We feel we are called to ask together what kind of spiritual and ecclesiastical consequences the JDDJ might have for our churches.”
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Posted: June 5, 2018 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10250
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anglican Communion, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, JDDJ, justification by faith, Lutheran World Federation, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council
Transmis : 5 juin 2018 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=10250
Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, JDDJ, justification by faith, Lutheran World Federation, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council


A hopeful step for Lutheran-Catholic couples

For us Lutherans this is a hopeful step on the journey towards the shared Eucharistic table, said LWF General Secretary Martin Junge

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has welcomed a recent resolution by the German Catholic bishops’ conference to make it possible for Catholic-Lutheran married couples to receive the Eucharist together.

This development follows the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation in 2016, where the LWF and the Catholic Church expressed it as a joint pastoral responsibility to “respond to the spiritual thirst and hunger” of many of their members “who yearn to receive the Eucharist at one table, as the concrete expression of full unity.”

In the German Bishops Conference earlier this month, the Catholic bishops agreed to provide an orientation that would help local Catholic priests and their bishops to formally decide on a case-by-case basis to open the Eucharist to Protestant spouses, which in Germany would include Lutherans, Reformed and members of united churches.
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Posted: Feb. 23, 2018 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10230
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: bishops, Catholic, eucharist, Germany, Lutheran, sacramental sharing
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : bishops, Catholic, eucharist, Germany, Lutheran, sacramental sharing


Church, Eucharist and Ministry “not church dividing issues”

Simo Peura, Lutheran bishop, of Lapua, and Teemu Sippo, Catholic bishop of Helsinki (from left). Photo: LWF/S. Gallay

A dialogue document on Church, Eucharist and Ministry published by Lutherans and Roman Catholics in Finland in 2017 could pave the way for an international declaration between the two Christian churches, church leaders in the Nordic nation say.

Communion in Growth, a report from the Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue Commission of Finland, found that despite differences of emphasis between the Roman Catholic Church in Finland and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Eucharist and (ordained) Ministry, they don’t need to be church dividing issues in the light of the achieved consensus on the basic truths of faith regarding these themes.
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Posted: Feb. 5, 2018 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10228
Categories: Dialogue, Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Catholic, church, dialogue, eucharist, Finland, Lutheran, ministry
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Catégorie : Dialogue, Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Catholic, church, dialogue, eucharist, Finland, Lutheran, ministry


Canterbury Archbishop presents Anglicans’ affirmation of the JDDJ to Lutherans and Catholics

A service to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation was held at Westminster Abbey, London on 31 October 2017. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby addressed the congregation at the worship led by the Dean of Westminster Rev. Dr John Hall and attended by LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and PCPCU Secretary Bishop Dr Brian Farrell. Photo: Andrew Dunsmore/Westminster Abbey

During a special service to commemorate 500 years of the Reformation at the Westminster Abbey today, representatives of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Roman Catholic Church received the Anglican Communion’s affirmation of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ).

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby presented LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) Bishop Dr Brian Farrell with the 2016 Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) resolution “welcoming and affirming the substance of the JDDJ.”

The event was witnessed by the General Secretaries of the World Methodist Council (WMC) and the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) Rev. Ivan Abrahams and Rev. Dr Chris Ferguson respectively.

Addressing the congregation, Archbishop Welby said, “When the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification in 1999, you resolved the underlying theological question of 1517, in a decisive moment for all churches in the search for unity and reconciliation.” The ACC resolution, he said, “welcomed and affirmed the substance of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, noting its profound convergences with our own dialogues with Lutherans and Catholics.”

Receiving the Anglican action on the JDDJ, General Secretary Junge said its public presentation on Reformation Day itself was significant on the journey toward church unity. “We are grateful to God that together with Catholic, Methodist and Reformed sisters and brothers, we are witnessing today the affirmation of the substance of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification by the Anglican Communion. May this moment serve as an important witness on the way of growing unity among our churches,” he said.
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Posted: Oct. 31, 2017 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9779
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anglican Communion, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, JDDJ, Lutheran World Federation, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council
Transmis : 31 oct. 2017 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=9779
Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, JDDJ, Lutheran World Federation, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council


Anglicans affirm Lutheran-Catholic agreement, endorse Reformation anniversary

Representatives of other Christian denominations played an important role in the discussions that took place at the Anglican Consultative Council meeting ACC-16 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka, Zambia, earlier this month

Affirmation of the Lutheran-Catholic agreement on justification and a call for Anglicans to commemorate the 2017 Reformation anniversary were among ecumenical resolutions adopted by the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) at its recent meeting in Lusaka, Zambia.

Bishop Dr Matti Repo of Tampere, Finland, who participated in the Anglican Communion’s governing body meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, mid-April says he was encouraged by the enthusiastic discussions on these issues “which both point to the grace of God and the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ.”

Repo was at the ACC as an ecumenical guest representing The Lutheran World Federation (LWF). He presented the call to affirm the substance of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ), which was signed by the LWF and the Roman Catholic Church in 1999. The LWF was also asking Anglicans to recognize the significance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation which will be observed next year.
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Posted: Apr. 28, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9192
Categories: Dialogue, Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anglican Consultative Council, Catholic, JDDJ, Lutheran
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Catégorie : Dialogue, Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Anglican Consultative Council, Catholic, JDDJ, Lutheran


Piazza Martin Lutero in Rome, a reminder to care for the poor

The Piazza Martin Lutero constitutes an ecumenical witness in the daily life of residents and visitors to Rome, says Lutheran pastor Rev. Jens-Martin Kruse (right), who witnessed the inauguration of the public square with hundreds of parish members including Rev. Per Edler (left) of the Swedish-speaking congregation

Rome’s new Piazza Martin Lutero is not only a sign that Lutherans are welcome in the cosmopolitan Italian city but a reminder of Luther’s call for Christians to proclaim the gospel together by serving the poor.

Rev. Jens-Martin Kruse, pastor of the German-speaking congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy (ELCI) made these remarks following the 16 September inauguration of a central square named after the Reformer Martin Luther. Civic and church dignitaries attended the ceremony to officially recognize the Piazza Martin Lutero, located near the historic Colosseum amphitheater.

“And at the same time this place is also a bit troubled. Here live many refugees, the homeless. For us, there is a reminder that we have an obligation to care for these people,” said Kruse, who serves about 500 Lutherans in Rome.

Piazza Martin Lutero is the result of five years of work by a group of Protestants, including Adventists, Baptists, Methodists, Waldensians and Lutherans, who collaborate in helping the city’s migrants, children and the unemployed.
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Posted: Sept. 24, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8760
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: ecumenism, Martin Luther, Rome
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : ecumenism, Martin Luther, Rome


Lutherans, Catholics and Mennonites at Halfway Point in Trilateral Dialogue

The five-year trilateral dialogue between Lutherans, Roman Catholics and Mennonites focusing on baptism has reached its halfway point, with the continued study on 'Baptism and Incorporation into the Body of Christ, the Church.' Participants of the trilateral dialogue in Elspeet, Netherlands

The five-year trilateral dialogue between Lutherans, Roman Catholics and Mennonites focusing on baptism has reached its halfway point, with the continued study on “Baptism and Incorporation into the Body of Christ, the Church.”

The trilateral dialogue commission of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Mennonite World Conference (MWC) and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), held its third meeting, 9-13 February at Elspeet, Netherlands, on the topic, “Baptism: Communicating Grace and Faith.”

Besides hearing presentations on the topic of the meeting from all three dialogue parties, the commission this time paid special attention to baptismal rites in the Mennonite tradition. It further reviewed the work of the two previous meetings, and agreed on an outline for a final report due in 2017. The members also had opportunity to meet with leaders of the local Mennonite community to learn about the life of the Dutch Mennonite church today, including their practice of baptism in a highly secularized society.
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Posted: Feb. 20, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9577
Categories: Communiqué, Lutheran World InformationIn this article: baptism, dialogue, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference
Transmis : 20 févr. 2015 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=9577
Catégorie : Communiqué, Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : baptism, dialogue, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference


Joy in a Joint First Communion for Lutherans and Catholics in Peru

Lutheran pastor Rev. Pedro Bullón (left) and Catholic priest Fr. Marco Agüero Vidal (right) preside at the joint First Communion in Pamplona Alta, Lima, December 2014

On 7 December 2014, Catholic priest Father Marco Agüero Vidal and Peruvian Lutheran Evangelical Church (ILEP) pastor Rev. Pedro Bullón celebrated jointly the First Communion for Catholic and Lutheran confirmands in the neighbourhood of Pamplona Alta, in San Juan de Miraflores, Lima, Peru. In this interview with Lutheran World Information (LWI), the two church leaders highlight landmarks in their journey towards “living a grassroots ecumenism.”
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Posted: Jan. 20, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7971
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Catholic, eucharist, Lutheran
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Catholic, eucharist, Lutheran


Lutherans and Catholics Plan Joint Ecumenical Commemoration in 2016

Rev. Martin Junge (left) and Cardinal Koch

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) will jointly host an ecumenical event in the fall of 2016 as a continuation of the process “From Conflict to Communion” and to express the joint gifts received through dialogue, particularly in anticipation of the 500th Reformation anniversary in 2017. 2017 also marks 50 years of ecumenical dialogue between the LWF and the Roman Catholic Church.

Within the framework of the forthcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, it is important for the LWF and PCPCU to communicate to the wider ecumenical constituency that they have begun deliberations on the details of the event that comes a year before the global Reformation anniversary.

The joint event in 2016 will highlight the solid ecumenical developments between Catholics and Lutherans which are captured in their joint report From Conflict to Communion – Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017.
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Posted: Jan. 15, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7980
Categories: Lutheran World Information, Vatican NewsIn this article: 2017, Catholic, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Lutheran World Federation, Reformation
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Catégorie : Lutheran World Information, Vatican NewsDans cet article : 2017, Catholic, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Lutheran World Federation, Reformation


Trilateral Dialogue discusses significance of baptism

Participants from the Trilateral Dialogue, January 26-31 in Strasbourg, France. Photo: MWC/Elke Leypold

Representatives of the Lutheran World Federation, the Mennonite World Conference and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity met in Strasbourg, France, from 26 to 31 January 2014 for the second meeting of the Trilateral Dialogue Commission. The general topic of the dialogue “Baptism and Incorporation into the Body of Christ, the Church” was developed in the meeting through papers on the theme “Baptism: God’s Grace in Christ and Human Sin”. Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga and Rev. Gregory Fairbanks (Catholic), Professors Alfred Neufeld and Fernando Enns (Mennonite) and Professor Friederike Nüssel (Lutheran) presented papers on this topic. The commission also continued to study the baptismal rites of each participating Christian tradition, with special attention in this meeting to the Lutheran tradition, particularly regarding the contextualization of baptismal rites in the African region. Papers on these themes were presented by Professor Sarah Hinlicky-Wilson and Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata. The commission began its working days with prayers and joint reflections on biblical texts relating to baptism.
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Posted: Jan. 31, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7460
Categories: Communiqué, Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference
Transmis : 31 janv. 2014 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=7460
Catégorie : Communiqué, Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference


Lutheran delegation meets Pope Francis

Lutheran World Information
The Pope received a refugee’s teapot as an invitation to work together for the suffering neighbour

During an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican earlier today, leaders from The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) expressed gratitude for the partnership with the Roman Catholic Church that makes it possible for churches to strengthen their commitment to the poor and vulnerable.

“As people who have been encountered by Christ, we are called to accompany the poor and vulnerable. The message of reconciliation entrusted to us turns into the hope for our fragmented world and its yearning for peace with justice,” LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan said in LWF’s greeting to the pope.

Younan expressed gratitude for the ecumenical milestones of the partnership with Catholics, including the recent publication of the report “From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration in 2017.”

By jointly approaching a shared history which includes elements of pain “the promise of healing appears on the horizon,” Younan said of the publication that outlines the mutual responsibility by Lutherans and Catholics for a common approach to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

The June 2013 report by the Lutheran–Roman Catholic Commission on Unity marked the first time that both partners have worked together at the global level to tell the history of the Reformation as part of their commitment to deepen Christian unity. Baptism is the focus of ongoing dialogue by the commission, which will mark its 50th anniversary in 2017.
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Posted: Oct. 21, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6849
Categories: Lutheran World Information, Vatican NewsIn this article: Lutheran World Federation, pope, Pope Francis, spiritual ecumenism
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Catégorie : Lutheran World Information, Vatican NewsDans cet article : Lutheran World Federation, pope, Pope Francis, spiritual ecumenism


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