Vatican City, Mar 11, 2010 / 15:21 pm
This coming Sunday afternoon the Holy Father will pay a visit to a Lutheran Church in Rome. The much anticipated appearance is the fruit of an invitation made in 2008 on the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's visit there.
The Evangelical Lutheran Community of Rome "is glad that Pope Benedict XVI, bishop of our city, accepted to participate in our worship," said the church's pastor, Rev. Jens-Martin Kruse on the community's website.
According to SIR News, the community said it "sees in the visit of the Bishop of Rome a sign of more mature and stronger ecumenical relations" which, it added, has become "standard practice" through the years.
"For Pope Benedict, ecumenism is a fundamental objective of his pontificate," the Lutheran community noted, saying that the Ponitff is aware that to approach unity, "concrete gestures" are needed to "grab the heart and shake consciences."