Together in Hope in Malmö Arena

6 September 2016 (LWI) – 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.

The joint Ecumenical commemoration will consist of two parts, a Common Prayer in Lund Cathedral and an event in the Malmö Arena that is open to wide participation. Pope Francis, LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan and LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge will lead the Common Prayer and the event in Malmö in cooperation with leaders from Church of Sweden and the Catholic Diocese of Stockholm.

A number of artists, choirs and guests will participate and perform during the event in Malmö Arena which begins at 13:20 and ends at 18:00. The Arena will open at 12:30. The Common Prayer in Lund Cathedral will be live-streamed to Malmö Arena and the audience in the Arena will be able to follow and participate. They will then be joined by Pope Francis, President Younan and General Secretary Junge in the Arena under the theme “From Conflict to Communion - Together in Hope.”

The event in Malmö Arena will be a stage for activities focusing on the commitment to common witness and service of Catholics and Lutherans in a world, wounded and broken by conflict. Highlights of the joint work of LWF World Service and Caritas Internationalis will be featured, including care for refugees, peace building, and advocacy for climate justice.