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German Catholics, Lutherans to hold ecumenical festival

February 21, 2017

The German Bishops’ Conference has announced that Catholics and Lutherans will take part in a major ecumenical festival on September 16 as the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation begins to draw to a close.

The name of the festival, which will take place in Bochum, is “on earth, as it is in heaven.” The festival’s theme is the “commitment of Christians to the shaping of politics and society in Germany and the world.”

The day will conclude with an ecumenical service led by Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, leader of the Evangelical Church in Germany.


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  • Posted by: rpp - Feb. 21, 2017 5:15 PM ET USA

    Both Martin Luther and Pope Leo X are spinning like dervishes in their graves. There is no salvation outside of the Church.