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Commission members in front of Strasbourg Cathedral. Photo: LWF
30 Jul
Catholic-Lutheran dialogue phase concluded
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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”
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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”
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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 ser
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 reconciliatio
 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.
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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16 Feb
Lutherans and Catholics in the Holy Land follow up on Joint Commemoration in Lund
Married couple Catherine and Dominique Keller – he Catholic and she Lutheran – light the fourth candle marking the ecumenical imperatives. Photo: Diocèse de Strasbourg/Marc Larchet
15 Dec
French Lutherans and Catholics jointly commemorate the reformation
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15 Dec
Common Prayer service in Strasbourg
Kalsen Seim contributed to the LWF’s ecumenical relations and to the wider ecumenical movement. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
21 Nov
Tribute to Professor Turid Karlsen Seim (1945–2016)
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21 Nov
A tribute to Professor Turid Karlsen Seim (1945–2016)
Press conference following Common Prayer and Together in Hope event. Rev. Dr Martin Junge and Kurt Cardinal Koch sit at the right of the panel. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
3 Nov
Joint commemoration of the Reformation a 'milestone,' says Lutheran leader
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3 Nov
Remaining differences need to be addressed with a view to unity
The Salvadoran cross, commissioned by artist Christian Chavarria Ayala for the joint commemoration, was carried in the procession at the beginning of the service. The cross depicts the triune God´s creative, reconciling and sanctifying work. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
2 Nov
Common Prayer in Lund Cathedral in photos
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2 Nov
Prayer service in Lund Cathedral moves Catholics and Lutherans toward greater cooperation
Five candles were lit by children to symbolize five joint commitments to grow in communion. Credit: Magnus Aronson/Ikon
1 Nov
Lutherans and Catholics gather in Lund for joint service to overcome past divisions
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1 Nov
A commitment to move together in hope
Michel Roy from Caritas Internationalis, the arena host, and Maria Immonen from LWF's World Service at the signing of the declaration at Together in Hope. Photo: Mikael Ringlander/Church of Sweden
31 Oct
A new beginning for Lutheran and Catholic aid agencies
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31 Oct
LWF World Service and Caritas Internationalis sign Declaration of Intent for cooperation
Pope Francis and Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala, offer each other the peace of Christ during the joint commemoration in Lund Cathedral. Photo: Church of Sweden/Mikael Ringlander
31 Oct
God’s gift of unity
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31 Oct
Pope Francis, LWF President Younan and General Secretary Junge inaugurate historic commemoration of the Reformation
Pope Francis talks to Pranita Biswasi and Rose Lokonyen, foreground, two presenters who offered testimonies at Together in Hope. Bishop Dr Munib Younan, LWF President, stands to the right. Photo: Mikael Ringlander/Ikon
31 Oct
Serving the neighbor together in hope
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31 Oct
LWF President Younan and Pope Francis call for joint witness in a fragmented world