God’s gift of unity

God’s gift of unity

Pope Francis, LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan and LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge today led an event in which the Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation declared commitment to move away from conflict, journey towards communion and strengthen joint witness. The historic gathering in Sweden is the first ever Catholic-Lutheran joint commemoration of a Reformation anniversary at a global level.

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LWF press release: Rediscovering who we are in Christ

LWF press release: Rediscovering who we are in Christ

Pope Francis and the General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation Rev. Dr Martin Junge jointly preached on the gospel of the true vine (John 15:1-5) during the Common Prayer of the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund, Sweden, today. They spoke about the unity in Christ that Lutherans and Catholics have together and the opportunities for joint witness in a world that needs the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ in words and actions.

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Joint press release: “Concrete action by Lutherans and Catholics in service of the world’s poor”

Joint press release: “Concrete action by Lutherans and Catholics in service of the world’s poor”

The humanitarian and development arms of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Roman Catholic churches will be making a new commitment to responding together to human need throughout the world. The Lutheran World Federation’s World Service and Caritas Internationalis will participate in the Joint Catholic-Lutheran commemoration of the reformation in Lund and Malmö on 31 October 2016.

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More tickets released for Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration in Malmö Arena, Sweden

More tickets released for Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration in Malmö Arena, Sweden

12 October 2016 - More tickets have been released for the joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation on 31 October in Lund and Malmö, Sweden, co-hosted by The Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church. A first round of tickets for the event at the Malmö arena released a month ago quickly sold out. The new round of tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster for 100 Swedish krona (10 Euros) with revenues earmarked for strife-torn Syria.

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Together in hope: Joint article by LWF General Secretary Junge and PCPCU President Koch

Together in hope: Joint article by LWF General Secretary Junge and PCPCU President Koch

11 October 2016 - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Catholic Church will jointly commemorate 500 years of the Reformation on 31 October in Lund and Malmö, Sweden, marking the first time in history that Catholics and Lutherans observe the anniversary together at a global level. In preparation, LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and Kurt Cardinal Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity have jointly written an article elaborating the background of the Joint Commemoration, milestones of the nearly 50 years of international dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics, and some new details on the event at the end of this month.

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Together in Hope in Malmö Arena

Together in Hope in Malmö Arena

On 31 October Pope Francis, LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan and LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge will lead the Joint Ecumenical Commemoration in Lund Cathedral and Malmö Arena. The arena in Malmö can host up to 10,000 people and tickets for that event will be released on Friday 9 September. The first tickets will be made available at 11:00 GMT+02:00 on the Ticketmaster website. Each ticket costs 100 SEK (10 EUROS). The entire proceeds of the ticket sale will support projects of The Lutheran World Federation and Caritas Internationalis with Syrian refugees in the Middle East.

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Joint Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund

Joint Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund

25 January 2016 - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Catholic Church will hold a joint ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation on 31 October 2016 in Lund, Sweden. Pope Francis, LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan and General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge will lead the Ecumenical Commemoration in cooperation with the Church of Sweden and the Catholic Diocese of Stockholm.

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Press Release: A joint Catholic-Lutheran “Common Prayer” for 500 years of Reformation

Press Release: A joint Catholic-Lutheran “Common Prayer” for 500 years of Reformation

11 January 2016 - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) have invited Lutheran churches and Catholic bishops’ conferences across the world to make use of a jointly-developed Common Prayer to prepare commemorations for the 500 years of the Reformation in 2017.

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