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LWF World Service director Maria Immonen and former Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Michel Roy at the signing of a 2016 Declaration of Intent in Malmö, Sweden, to step up cooperation on humanitarian action, advocacy and development. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
16 Jun
Vatican visit to mark next step from conflict to communion
Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Diakonia, vatican, PCPCU, Catholic, Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, Pope Francis, Pope, Caritas Internationalis
16 Jun
A delegation from the LWF travels to Rome at the end of June for a meeting with Pope Francis and the deepening of commitment for increased cooperation with Caritas Internationalis, the global...
Ecumenical experts at an Anglican-Lutheran Society conference reflect on the need for humility and a critical self-examination on the path to Christian unity. Photo: Unsplash/Michaela Murphy
26 May
Seeking new directions on road to Christian unity
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, ecumenism, Theology, Anglican, Anglican-Lutheran relations, PCPCU, Lutheran-Catholic
26 May
During a 21 May online conference of the Anglican-Lutheran Society entitled ‘Stumbling Blocks and Springboards: working together for forgiveness and reconciliation’, the LWF Assistant General...
Cardinal Edward Cassidy at the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification in St Anna Lutheran Church, Augsburg Germany on 31 October 1999. Photo: ELCA/ Edgar R. Trexler for The Lutheran
13 Apr
Remembering Cardinal Cassidy: Dialogue and reconciliation
ecumenism, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Roman Catholic, vatican, JDDJ
13 Apr
The LWF joins Catholics and other religious leaders in giving thanks for the life of Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy who died in Australia on 10 April at the age of 96.
Prof. Dr Dirk Lange, LWF’s Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
25 Jan
Ecumenical partnerships in a post-pandemic world
ecumenicals relations, Ecumenical, ecumenism, Anglican-Lutheran relations, JDDJ, Pentecostal-Lutheran relations, Orthodox Lutheran relations, PCPCU, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
25 Jan
Reflecting at the close of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the LWF Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations Prof. Dr Dirk Lange looks back on a year of “consolidation and...
Grandchamp sisters join hands with visitors to the community before the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. Photo: All photos by Grandchamp Community
18 Jan
Christian unity: way of life for Grandchamp sisters
Theology, Ecumenical, Women, PCPCU, WCC, World Council of Churches, Ecumenical Centre, Lund, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18 Jan
Working for Christian unity means being grounded in your own identity and thereby being open to other people’s opinions. That’s not simply a slogan for the 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,...
Preparations for the joint Catholic-Lutheran commemoration of the Reformation in October 2016, in Lund, Sweden. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
30 Oct
Witnessing together in a broken world
Theology, Ecumenical, JDDJ, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, Reformation, WCRC, Methodist, PCPCU, Anglican Consultative Council, Anglican
30 Oct
On this year’s Reformation Day, the LWF shares with joy its commitment with other Christian world communions to proclaim “with common urgency” God’s liberating grace and hope for this world. For this...
The Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity agreed to mark the 500th anniversary in 2021 together, during their annual joint staff meeting in Geneva.  From left to right: Father Dr Augustinus Sander (PCPCU), LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, PCPCU President Kurt Cardinal Koch, LWF consultant Rev. Anne Burghardt, and PCPCU Secretary Bishop Dr Brian Farrell. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
24 Jan
Remembering history with an openness to the future
PCPCU, PCPCU President Koch, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, From Conflict to Communion, ecumenism, Lutheran-Catholic
24 Jan
The LWF and the PCPCU held their annual joint staff meeting on 14 January in Geneva. At the meeting, the LWF and the PCPCU agreed to jointly mark the 500th anniversary of the excommunication of...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Sep
A liturgy to share what “unites us”
JDDJ, Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Methodist, Joint Commemoration
16 Sep
The LWF and the PCPCU have invited Lutheran and Catholic churches to use a jointly prepared liturgy and other materials to mark the 20th anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of...
The representatives of five Christian World Communions --Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists and the Reformed-- at the Notre Dame Consultation. Photo: Steve Toepp / University of Notre Dame
3 Apr
Statement from Notre Dame Consultation: Visible Unity and Common Witness
JDDJ, Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Methodist, Joint Statement, Statement
3 Apr
Participants at a historic gathering of church leaders from five Christian World Communions have issued a statement recommitting themselves to communicating the biblical message of salvation in new...
A facsimile of the Official Common Statement of the JDDJ. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
29 Mar
From Conflict to Communion: The future of Christians together in the world
JDDJ, Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Methodist
29 Mar
Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Anglicans and Reformed discern further steps towards deeper ecclesial communion and common witness
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...
The University of Notre Dame in the U.S. state of Indiana where the consultation on the future of the JDDJ will take place. Photo: University of Notre Dame/Barbara Johnston
21 Mar
Ecumenical meeting in U.S. to follow up on Joint Declaration on Doctrine of Justification
JDDJ, Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue
21 Mar
Leaders of five Christian World Communions meet at the Catholic University of Notre Dame in the United States next week to discuss the significance of the JDDJ and its impact on their search for full...
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...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr. Martin Junge speaks at an interfaith panel on the opening day of the Vatican conference on Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals. Photo: GCCM
7 Mar
Faith-based organizations are “uniquely placed to support” UN’s 2030 Agenda
SDGs, Waking the Giant, ecumenicals relations, PCPCU, vatican, Sustainable Development Goals, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge
7 Mar
LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge addressed an international conference in the Vatican on Thursday, urging faith-based organizations to play a more incisive role in the implementation of...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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
ecumenical relations, Ecumenical, JDDJ, Joint Declaration, Lund, Catholic, PCPCU
5 Feb
Church, Eucharist and Ministry “not church dividing issues”
Lund Cathedral where the Commemoration will take place in 2016.  Photo: Beth M527 via Flickr (Creative Commons, non-commercial)
25 Jan
Press Release: Joint Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund
From Conflict to Communion, Lutheranism, Lund, Sweden, Pope Francis, Ecumenical, Church of Sweden, vatican, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Roman Catholic, PCPCU, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
25 Jan
Pope Francis, LWF President Bishop Younan and General Secretary Junge to lead October event
Bishop Emeritus Donald McCoid. Photo: ELCA
21 May
Increasing mutual understanding between US Lutherans and Catholics
From Conflict to Communion, Roman Catholic, Ecumenical, PCPCU, Reformation 2017, Lutheranism, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, vatican, Member Churches, Reformation 500
21 May
From Conflict to Communion study guide helps movement toward unity
LWF General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge. Photo: Andrew Wilson
23 Apr
50 Years of Shaping LWF’s Ecumenical Vision
Institute for Ecumenical Research, Ecumenical, From Conflict to Communion, PCPCU, Reformation 2017, Lutheranism, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Reformation 500
23 Apr
Junge: ‘Many Good Reasons to Celebrate’ Support from Strasbourg Institute
Lutheran pastor Rev.  Pedro Bullón (left) and  Catholic priest Fr. Marco Agüero Vidal (right) preside at the joint First Communion in Pamplona Alta, Lima, December 2014. Photo: LWF/Sean Hawkey
20 Jan
Joy in a Joint First Communion for Lutherans and Catholics in Peru
Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, From Conflict to Communion, Roman Catholic, vatican, Lutheranism, Ecumenical, Reformation 2017, Reformation Day, PCPCU, Member Churches, Reformation 500
20 Jan
Lima Pastor and Priest Describe a Journey of ‘Grassroots Ecumenism’
Rev. Martin Junge (left) and Cardinal Koch. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
15 Jan
Lutherans and Catholics Plan Joint Ecumenical Commemoration in 2016
Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, From Conflict to Communion, Roman Catholic, vatican, Lutheranism, Ecumenical, Reformation 2017, Reformation Day, PCPCU, Member Churches, Reformation 500
15 Jan
Joint LWF-PCPCU Press Release
Reformation Day in Peru: 15th JDDJ anniversary and dialogue on “From Conflict to Communion.” Photo: ILEP
4 Nov
Peru: Ecumenical Impulse to Dialogue in a Fragmented Society
Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, From Conflict to Communion, Roman Catholic, vatican, Lutheranism, Ecumenical, Reformation 2017, Reformation Day, PCPCU, Member Churches, Reformation 500
4 Nov
"From Conflict to Communion" Can Assist Healing Process...
Participants at the panel discussion on the 2017 Reformation anniversary. Photo: Gerhard Frey-Reininghaus
31 Oct
Jubilee of Lutheran – Catholic Dialogue Is a Time to Express Hope
PCPCU, From Conflict to Communion, LWF Vice-President, Europe Meeting 2014, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Roman Catholic, vatican, Lutheranism, Ecumenical, Reformation 2017, Reformation Day, Member Churches, Reformation 500
31 Oct
PCPCU President Cardinal Koch Speaks at LWF European Church Leaders’ Conference
Members of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity. Photo: PCPCU/LWF-DTPW
31 Jul
Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue on Baptism and Unity Continues
Roman Catholic, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, PCPCU, From Conflict to Communion, vatican, Lutheranism, Member Churches, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
31 Jul
Joint Commission Meets in Italy
General Secretary Junge and Cardinal Koch during the presentation of From Conflict to Communion at the 2013 LWF Council in Geneva. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
8 Jul
LWF General Secretary Junge and Cardinal Koch Share their Views on Understanding of the Church
From Conflict to Communion, LWF General Secretary, PCPCU
8 Jul
Contributions to German Internet Project “2017 gemeinsam unterwegs”