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At 2nd ecumenical event in Sweden, Pope thanks God for commemoration of Reformation

October 31, 2016

After joining in a prayer service with Lutheran leaders in Lund, Sweden, on October 31 (see separate CWN headline story), Pope Francis spoke later in the day at a second ecumenical gathering, with representatives of other Christian bodies.

“The journey we have undertaken to attain unity is itself a great gift that God gives us,” the Pope said.
“Our dialogue has helped us to grow in mutual understanding; it has fostered reciprocal trust and confirmed our desire to advance toward full communion.”

“I thank God for this joint commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,” the Pope said.

 
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  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Oct. 31, 2016 7:36 PM ET USA

    The naysayers would do well to note that a commemoration is not a celebration. We commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor without "celebrating" it.