Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pope to Lutherans:Let's Care for the Poor and Sick; Urges Them to Set Doctrine Aside,Work with Cath.

Pope Francis urged Lutherans to set aside doctrinal differences today (October 14, 2016) and work with Catholics to care for the poor, the sick and refugees, as he laid out his vision for greater communion before his visit to Sweden later this month, according to the VOA (Voice of America) website.

Francis greeted some 1,000 Lutherans who were visiting the Vatican on an ecumenical pilgrimage.

They had arrived in Rome from Germany, where Martin Luther sparked the Protestant Reformation in 1517 by nailing his 95 thesis to a church door to challenge the abuses of the Catholic Church.

Francis will mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation with his October 31-November 1 visit to Sweden, where he will participate in an ecumenical service with the Lutheran World Federation.

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