Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pope Flies to Sweden,Tweets for Christian Unity; Hopes Journey Promotes Unity of All Christians

Pope Francis hopes his visit to Sweden during the next two days -- as a prelude to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation of 1517 -- will help in uniting Christians, the ABC News website reports today (October 30, 2016).

The pontiff -- on his flight to the largely Lutheran country in Scandinavia -- tweeted: "I ask you to please pray that my journey to Sweden might contribute to the unity of all Christians."

After his arrival on October 31, Pope Francis will meet with the Swedish prime minister, members of the royal family, and will participate in an ecumenical prayer service at the Lutheran cathedral in Lund, southern Sweden.

Joining him will be the head of the Lutheran World Federation, Bishop Munib Younan.

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