ADVERTISING
 
Sunday, June 24   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Migration
Do Christians in your country have a Bible-based understanding of how migrants should be treated?




SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Ecumenism
 

Lutherans and Catholics joined to commemorate Reformation

Pope Francis and Lutheran leaders celebrated an ecumenical service in the Cathedral of Lund (Sweden). They signed a joint statement “to move towards the communion to which God continually calls us.”

SOURCES Evangelical Focus, LWF, Agencies AUTHOR Evangelical Focus STOCKHOLM 31 OCTOBER 2016 20:10 h GMT+1
Pope Francis, bishop Munib Youan and Martin Junge at the begining of the service / AFP

Pope Francis, Bishop Munib Youan, President of the Lutheran Federation (LWF), Cardinal Koch, President of Pontificial Council for promoting Christian unity, and Martin Junge, General Secretary of the LWF, have led the ecumenical service in the Lutheran Cathedral of Lund, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Reformation.



Following the guidelines given in the document “Common prayer: From conflict to communion, during the service there were times of praying, singing, thanksgiving, and also repentance for “what both sides have done wrong.” Both pope Francis and Martin Junge also preached on the gospel of the true vine (John 15:1-5)



 



FRANCIS: “AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEND A CRITICAL MOMENT”



In his homily, Francis described the meeting as an “opportunity to mend a critical moment of our history by going beyond controversies and disagreements that have often prevented us from understanding one another.”



Speaking in Spanish, the pope explained that Reformation “has enabled us to better understand some aspects of our faith.” “The spiritual experience of Martin Luther challenges us to remember that apart from God, we can do nothing", he added.



 



Pope Francis and Lutheran leaders / AFP



“With the concept `by grace alone´, he reminds us that God always takes the initiative, prior to any human response, even as he seeks to awaken that response. The doctrine of justification thus expresses the essence of human existence before”, Francis concluded.



 



JUNGE: “WE ARE BRANCHES OF THE SAME VINE”



Also speaking in Spanish, Martin Junge started thanking ”the men and women in the past from both Churches who sought to overcome the Reformation divide through dialogue, prayer and common works of charity.”



We are branches of the same vine. We are one in Baptism. This is why we are here at this joint commemoration: to rediscover who we are in Christ” he said.



Junge stated that “God, would like to see Catholics and Lutherans building bridges so that we can come closer to each other, houses where we can meet together, and tables – yes, tables– where we can share bread and wine, the presence of Christ, who has never left us and who calls us to abide in him so that the world may believe.”



 



Ppoe Francis preached on the gospel of the true vine / AFP



 



“MOVE TOWARDS THE COMMUNION TO WHICH GOD CALLS US”



At the end of the service, Pope Francis and bishop Munib Youan signed a joint declaration aiming to improve relations and work together to heal conflicts, welcome refugees and care for the planet.



“Theological differences were accompanied by prejudice and conflicts, and religion was instrumentalized for political ends. Today, we hear God’s command to set aside all conflict. We recognize that we are freed by grace to move towards the communion to which God continually calls us”, the statement said.



 



MALMO ARENA EVENT



After the service in the Cathedral of Lund, the four religious leaders headed to the Malmö Arena, to participate in public event. They arrived by car to a stage which was a big cross, in a crowed stadium.



Martin Junge opened the event, explaining what they had done in the common prayer service. He pointed out that “that service wont be completed if it does not move us from the cathedral to the the needs of the people.”



Catholic and Lutheran speakers from Burundi, Colombia, India, South Sudan and Syria shared their testimonies about reaching out to those needing hope and encouragement.



 



There was also a public event at the Malmo Arena / AFP



 



SOCIAL JUSTICE



Climate change, child abuse, refugee crisis and peace were the main topics of those testimonies. Pope Francis and bishop Younan thanked the four activists and stressed the need of “no more hate in the name of religion.”



Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo Antoine Audo also spoke of peace and the role of religion, stating that “in mutual respect and attention to the poorest—whether Christian or Muslim religion should encourage us to defend the human values of dignity, solidarity and seeking the common good.”



 



LUTHERAN WORLD SERVICE AND CARITAS AGREEMENT



Lutheran World Service and Caritas Internationalis signed a Declaration of Intent, to strengthen their cooperation and global engagement as an expression of their common faith in God.


 


POLL
Reformation 2017
Pope Francis will attend joint celebration of Reformation in Lund (Sweden) organised by the Lutheran World Federation. Is commemorating Luther’s 95 theses with the Roman Catholic Church a good idea?
No, Catholicism still teaches doctrines that Luther denounced.
64%
I don't know what to think, it’s a complex issue.
10%
Yes, we should walk towards the unity of all Christians and promote ecumenism.
26%
This Poll is closed.
Number of votes: 393
SEE MORE POLLS
 
 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Lutherans and Catholics joined to commemorate Reformation
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
Christians in politics? Christians in politics?

What is the role of Christians serving in politics? An interview with Auke Minnema, the new General Director of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM).

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible

At the 2018 Apologetics Forum in Comarruga (Spain), Michael Ramsden, Pablo Martinez, Ruth Valerio and José de Segovia analysed how society and the Bible approach the issues of personal identity, integrity, sexuality, pop culture, and environmental care.

 
European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga

The network of Christian ministries working for the inclusion of people with disabilities, celebrated its tenth continental meeting in Latvia with the participation of 12 countries.

 

 
Coexistence in the church - a model for society Coexistence in the church - a model for society

“Gospel, identity and coexistence” were the themes of the General Assembly of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. Two days in Palma de Mallorca to reflect about the role of evangelical churches in society.

 
'Ungi kulimi changana' 'Ungi kulimi changana'

Educator and journalist Jordi Torrents shares images of the Sekeleka social centre in Mozambique. About 50 children live there, many with some kind of disability. All photos were taken with permission.

 
The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve

For the first time, the President of Portugal attended a worship service in an evangelical church. It was in Sintra, on Christmas Eve.

 
Stamps to commemorate the Reformation Stamps to commemorate the Reformation

Poland, Lithuania, Namibia and Brazil are some of the countries that have issued special stamps on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Trailer: “The Peace Between” Trailer: “The Peace Between”

A film about the experience of refugees in Europe. Churches, small groups and individuals are encouraged to use it during Refugee Week: 17-24 June.

 
How can churches better support singles? How can churches better support singles?

Tina Tschage, on some areas in which other Christians can encourage singles.

 
The Church of Scotland debates historic doctrines The Church of Scotland debates historic doctrines

The Kirk has begun official procedures to investigate the status and the role of the Westminster Confession of Faith within its denomination.

 
Be safe on social media Be safe on social media

A video about the way traffickers target teenage girls online, produced by anti-slavery gorup Abolishion.

 
In Mission In Mission

A 360º lyric video about how all followers of Jesus Christ are called to serve God. Duo in Spanish (Alex Sampedro) and Portuguese (Marcos Martins).

 
Heart Heart

A short animation film by Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset tells the message of the Bible in four minutes.

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.