LUTHERANS AND CATHOLICS EMBRACE COMMUNION AS A COMMON FUTURE
On last Octorer 31st, during a joint commemoration on the 499th anniversary of Reformation in Lund, Sweden, the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church held together a historic service of word and prayer. Reverend Munib Younan, presiding Bishop of the the Lutheran Word Federation (which the ELCA is a member) and Pope Francis led the service at the historic Lund Cathedral.
According to the press release published at the LWF website (http://www.lutheranworld.org/news/press-release-rediscovering-who-we-are-christ): "As a sign that Catholics and Lutherans were committed to taking a a further step towards the unity into which God calls the church, PopeFrancis and LWF President Younan signed a Joint Statement. It calls on Lutheran and Catholic parishes and communities to be 'bold and creative, joyful and hopeful in their commitment to continue the great journey ahead of us." The Joint Statement has 5 imperatives that serve as a guide to be followed by both global faith bodies as this journey of healing reconciliation continues and can be found on page 5 of this newsletter.
You can watch the complete beautiful and powerful service held at Lund Cathedral using the the followint link: www.youtube.com/watch?c=plkK6zNHP 0