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Caritas Secretary General Michel Roy and World Service Director Maria Immonen at LWF’s Geneva headquarters. Photo: S.Gallay/LWF
5 Apr
LWF and Caritas reaffirm shared commitment to serving the most vulnerable
Ecumenical, Caritas Internationalis, From Conflict to Communion, Diakonia, Advocacy
5 Apr
Nearly three years on from the signing of a joint declaration on increased cooperation, the World Service department of the LWF and the global Catholic aid and development confederation, Caritas...
Attending the service as guests of honor: WMC President Rev. Dr JC Park; LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge; Kurt Cardinal Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (Roman Catholic Church); Very Rev. Dr Sarah Rowland Jones, Dean of St Davids Cathedral in Wales (Anglican Communion); and WCRC General Secretary Rev. Dr Chris Ferguson. Photo: Peter Ringenberg/University of Notre Dame
27 Mar
Ecumenical prayer service on opening day of JDDJ consultation
JDDJ, Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Methodist
27 Mar
An ecumenical prayer service in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, United States, marked the opening of a three-day consultation of five Christian World...
Participants attending the Colloquium at the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies in Ecumenism listen to LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge giving his keynote address. Photo: Ivan Karageorgiev/Unité des Chrétiens
18 Mar
Paris conference marks 20 years of Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification
Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, JDDJ, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue
18 Mar
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification by the LWF and the Roman Catholic Church, an ecumenical gathering in Paris examined its role in inter-church...
LWF Secretary General Rev Dr. Martin Junge speaking at a colloquium organized by the Institute of Advanced Ecumenical Studies of the Catholic University of Paris. Photo: Stephen Brown
13 Mar
JDDJ: Building bridges of reconciliation and theological understanding
Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, JDDJ, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church
13 Mar
Speaking on 12 March at a colloquium in Paris, jointly organized by the Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic theology faculties, the LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge looked back to the signing...
Msgr Matthias Türk, outgoing head of the Lutheran Catholic desk at the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, addresses participants at the LWF Council meeting in June 2018. Photo:Albin Hillert/LWF
11 Feb
"You cannot be Christian without working hard for church unity"
PCPCU, Ecumenical, ecumenicals relations, Lutheran-Roman Catholic relations
11 Feb
One of the key figures in Lutheran-Catholic dialogue over the last two decades is leaving his desk at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and returning to his native Germany
From left to right: Pope Francis, LWF Council member Julia Braband and Thomas Andonie, Chairperson of the Federation of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ). Photo: LWF / Julia Braband
12 Oct
“Meeting at eye-level as the church for all generations”
Ecumenical, Youth, vatican, Youth Participation, ecumenical relations
12 Oct
LWF Council member Julia Braband representing the LWF, addressed the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.
LWF vice president for Central Eastern Europe Archbishop Urmas Viilma. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Oct
“Cooperation is needed today, not isolation”
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12 Oct
In a world marked by insecurity and injustice, religious leaders need to jointly contribute to the wellbeing of all, LWF vice president for Central Eastern Europe, Archbishop Urmas Viilma, has told...
Commission members in front of Strasbourg Cathedral. Photo: LWF
30 Jul
Catholic-Lutheran dialogue phase concluded
ecumenical relations, Lund 2016, PCPCU, Pope Francis, dialogue, Lutheran-Catholic, Ecumenical
30 Jul
Nine year process to result in study report ...
LWF President Musa and WCC General Secretary Tveit meeting at the LWF Council 2018 in Geneva. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Jul
Ecumenical greetings to 2018 Council
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3 Jul
LWF ecumenical partners have praised the LWF for deep commitment to ecumenism in greetings to the LWF 2018 Council.
Pope Francis at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute with Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the WCC Central Committee, Metropolitan Gennadios of Sassima, Vice-Moderator of the WCC Central Committee, and Rev. Dr Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary. Photo: Peter Williams/WCC
21 Jun
Pope Francis visit: a recognition of the ecumenical movement
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21 Jun
Reassuring commitment to unity and ecumenical relations ...
Representatives of the five churches who signed the JDDJ in Rome. Photo: LWF
5 Jun
“Healing the wounds in the body of Christ”
Ecumenical, ecumenicals relations, Lund, PCPCU, reformed church, Anglican, Methodist, Pope Francis, JDDJ
5 Jun
Five signatories of JDDJ to discuss implications for church life ...
Rev. Karla Steilmann, centre, with Dr. Vidal Rodriguez (Spain) and Nun Aura Guadalupe Ortega (Guatemala), who were both representing the Theological Education Institution. Photo: LWF
31 May
“Listening to different ways of thinking”
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, inter-religious dialogue, vatican
31 May
Young Catholics pose the same questions of the church and their role within the church as young people of any other confession.
Lund Cathedral, the 12th century cathedral owned by the Church of Sweden, founded in 1080 and consecrated in the 12th century. Photo: Albin Hillert/Church of Sweden
30 Apr
Lund cathedral to host first Catholic mass since reformation
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30 Apr
“Called to witness together to God’s grace in this world”
Earlier this year the Lund Cross, which was used at the joint commemoration in Lund in 2016, was installed in the chapel of the Ecumenical Center. Photo: LWF/M. Aronson
2 Mar
Visit of Pope Francis to the Ecumenical Centre will strengthen quest for unity
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2 Mar
The LWF is looking forward to meeting Pope Francis in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 21 June.
Simo Peura, Lutheran bishop, of Lapua, and Teemu Sippo, Catholic bishop of Helsinki, (from left). Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
5 Feb
Impressions from Catholic-Lutheran dialogue in Finland
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5 Feb
Church, Eucharist and Ministry “not church dividing issues”
The Lund Cross is a symbol of this milestone in ecumenial relations. It will be accessible to visitors and pilgrims in the chapel of the Ecumenical Center. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
18 Jan
Lund Cross placed in chapel of the Ecumenical Center
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18 Jan
The Salvadoran Cross created for the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund 2016 was placed in the chapel of the Ecumenical Center in Geneva, Switzerland, in a dedication...
LWF delegation presented Pope Francis with a replica of the Christ of Bojayá. Photo: L'Osservatore Romano
8 Dec
“By his bruises we are healed”
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8 Dec
During an audience at the Vatican on 7 December, The Lutheran World Federation delegation presented Pope Francis with a replica of the Christ of Bojayá, a powerful symbol of conflict and...
 LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa greeting Pope Francis in the Vatican City. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
7 Dec
The journey from conflict to communion is irreversible
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7 Dec
The Lutheran World Federation President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa today met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. During the audience he expressed gratitude for the deepening ecumenical...
LWF representatives and Caritas Nepal team after signing the MoU in the Caritas Nepal office. Photo: LWF
28 Nov
LWF and Caritas to collaborate more closely in Nepal
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28 Nov
“Result of increased recognition of the two organizations’ expertise and capacities”
Postage stamp commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Photo: LWF
23 Nov
Vatican issues commemorative Reformation stamp
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23 Nov
An encouraging step of the joint commitment to “walk the paths of communion”
The team drafting the final report from the trilateral dialogue, and colleagues supporting them during the meeting in Strasbourg: from left to right; Prof. Theodor Dieter (Lutheran), Prof. John Rempel, Rev. Dr Larry Miller and Prof. Fernando Enns (Mennonite) and Rev. Avelino Gonzalez and Prof. William Henn (Catholic). Photo: Avelino Gonzalez
20 Sep
Lutheran, Mennonite and Catholic team finalizes report on baptism
Ecumenical, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Mennonite, baptism
20 Sep
Current phase of trilateral dialogue concludes
22 Jul
Theologians tasked to remove obstacles that hinder enjoyment of unity
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22 Jul
LWF General Secretary Junge praises Lutheran-Catholic Commission at its 50th anniversary
Some of the commission members during the meeting in Poland; far right Prof. Eva-Maria Faber (Catholic) and Prof. Theodor Dieter (Lutheran). Photo: LWF/K. Hintikka
21 Jul
Celebrating 50 years of Lutheran-Catholic dialogue
Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity, Ecumenical, From Conflict to Communion, baptism
21 Jul
Commission on Unity to finalize draft report on Baptism and Growth in Communion
From left: Ricardo Cardinal Blázquez, President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, Bishop Dr Brian Farrell, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and Rev. Pedro Zamora, pastor of the Spanish Evangelical Church. Photo: Pontifical University of Salamanca
15 Jun
Reorienting ourselves – From Conflict to Communion
LWF General Secretary, Roman Catholic, Ecumenical
15 Jun
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge maps out next steps in the Lutheran-Catholic dialogue
God and Human Dignity - the result of eight years of work by the third Bilateral Working Group (BILAG III)
9 Mar
God and human dignity
Third Bilateral Working Group (BILAG III), United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany, VELKD, German Bishops’ Conference, God and Human Dignity
9 Mar
New study by German Lutheran and Catholic joint working group finds consensus on ethical matters
Rev. Jessica Crist, bishop of the Montana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, lights one of the candles for the ecumenical imperatives. Photo: C. Jason Brown/Insight Images
7 Mar
Renewed in relations and witness
Roman Catholic, Joint Commemoration, ecumenical relations
7 Mar
Lutherans and Catholics in the United States follow up on Joint Commemoration in Lund
Lund Cathedral. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
17 Feb
Further ecumenical steps in Lund
Joint Commemoration of the Reformation, Roman Catholic
17 Feb
Joint Lutheran-Catholic evening prayers in Lund Cathedral and St. Thomas Church
Common prayer between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and the Latin Catholic Patriarchate of Jerusalem celebrated Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Amman, Jordan. Photo Ben Gray /ELCJHL
16 Feb
Common Prayer in Amman and Bethlehem
Joint Ecumenical Commemoration, Lund
16 Feb
Lutherans and Catholics in the Holy Land follow up on Joint Commemoration in Lund