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Pope encourages Catholic-Lutheran cooperation

June 04, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: In a June 4 meeting with representatives of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pope Francis said that Catholics and Lutherans “are called to alleviate together the miseries of the needy and the persecuted.” He welcomed closer ecumenical ties, saying: “Grateful to God, we have seen that the five hundred years of history – sometimes very painful – in which we have been opposed and often in conflict, have left space, in the last fifty years, to a growing communion.”

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