- Associated Press
- Oct 2, 2019
In the second, and more informal, gathering to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Pope Francis and Lutheran leaders moved to a large stadium in Malmö for testimonies and common pledges on the environment and justice.
At the conclusion of a historic ecumenical celebration in Lund, Sweden, Pope Francis and the general-secretary of the world’s Lutheran churches agreed to work together for a shared Eucharist.
Although he made no reference to the issue of the Eucharist, Francis in Sweden has issued some of the most positive language ever used by a pope to describe Martin Luther and his beliefs.
Martin Luther’s protest at corruption of the sacraments and the reactions that followed have left a centuries-old wound both Catholics and Lutherans are determined to heal. Here’s what Francis, who travels today to Sweden to commemorate the start of the Reformation, brings to that effort.
Pope Francis’s decision to stay on in Sweden an extra day following next Monday’s Reformation commemoration in order to say Mass with the local Church will be a spur to overcome remaining divisions, according to the general-secretary of the World Lutheran Federation.
For as long as anyone can remember, the Vatican has had a special genius for snatching public relations defeat from the jaws of victory. Even by that standard, the fracas surrounding Pope Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis last week, which broke out immediately after his massively successful US trip, sets