- Dec 11, 2019
Pope Francis has asked the Catholic bishops’ conference of Germany not to publish nationwide guidelines for allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass, but to continue having diocesan bishops judge specific situations.
For the first time in 500 years, Lutherans in Sweden are welcoming Catholics to celebrate Masses in Lund cathedral.
Pope Francis stressed that Christians of all denominations “are all one family” during vespers for the feast of the conversion of St. Paul.
In another sign of the Vatican’s positive approach to marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant reformation, the Vatican’s Philatelic and Numismatic Office on Nov. 23 released a postage stamp featuring Martin Luther and one of his closest collaborators. The stamp features Luther and Philip Melanchthon, considered the first systematic
“We have to keep finding ways to respect each other and pray with each other,” Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston, said. “We need to continue moving forward and strengthening our relationships with each other so we can work together in deeper faith.” The bishop was speaking at a joint service with Lutherans to mark the Reformation’s 500th anniversary.
Pope Francis, who attended an ecumenical ceremony in Sweden last October launching the Lutherans’ yearlong commemoration of the Reformation, sent a message saying he hoped this latest step would “mark a new stage of fellowship and cooperation in the service of justice and peace in our human family.”