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Lutherans and Catholics plan joint ecumenical commemoration for 2016

January 16, 2015

Geneva (epd). In anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Vatican are planning a joint celebration in autumn 2016. The event is intended to recall the "solid ecumenical development" between Lutherans and Catholics, the LWF announced in Geneva on Thursday. The venue and setting have not yet been decided. The two organisations report on progress achieved in From Conflict to Communion, a joint document that appeared in 2013 in which Lutherans and Catholics describe the history of the Reformation. That was the first time that this had been done together at the international level.

Ecumenical accountability is one of the principles the LWF is following for the Reformation anniversary, said General Secretary Martin Junge. For that reason the LWF welcomes the opportunity to think about deepening the many years of dialogue. Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity said that an ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation was possible by Lutherans and Catholics "by concentrating together on the centrality of the question of God and a Christocentric approach". Luther had brought new light to faith in the crucified and risen Christ, Koch noted.



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