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Pope Francis meets with ecumenical delegation from Finland on Jan. 17, 2022.

Pope Francis looks ahead to the 1700th anniversary of the Council of Nicaea in 2025

Jan 17, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis highlighted the upcoming anniversaries of two major events in Church history as moments that can help Christians seek... Read more

Pope Francis meets Archbishop Panti Filibus Musa, president of the Lutheran World Federation, at the Vatican, June 25, 2021.

Pope Francis to Lutheran leaders: Jesus feels pain at our divisions

Jun 25, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope met with representatives of the Lutheran World Federation. Read more

For families separated at the border, Catholics and Lutherans work together

Oct 25, 2018

Catholic and Lutheran agencies jointly released a report Oct. 17 to document the two agencies’ role in helping to reunite... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square on June 24, 2015.

The saints stand out – because they're happy, Pope Francis says

Nov 1, 2016

By Elise Harris

The saints of the Church have many different qualities, but one thing that unites them all is a sense of... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an ecumenical gathering at Malmo Arena in Lund, Sweden, Oct. 31, 2016.

Make unity a priority, Pope Francis says at Reformation anniversary

Oct 31, 2016

By Elise Harris

While in Sweden to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Pope Francis heard moving testimonies from both Lutherans and... Read more

Pope Francis embraces Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation-during a joint prayer service at the cathedral in Lund Oct. 31, 2016.

With God alone Christian unity is possible, Pope says in Sweden

Oct 31, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Hours after landing in Sweden Pope Francis said that without God we can do nothing, but with him Catholics and... Read more

Candles burn at an Oct. 31, 2016 ecumenical prayer service in Lund, Sweden.

In joint declaration, Catholics and Lutherans emphasize unity

Oct 31, 2016

In a joint declaration signed for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Catholic and Lutheran leaders apologized for division in... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his April 20, 2016, general audience.

Pope Francis talks Sweden, Catholic-Lutheran dialogue in new interview

Oct 28, 2016

By Elise Harris

Ahead of his upcoming trip to Sweden for the joint commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Pope Francis... Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, speaks at a Vatican press conference in December 2015.

Catholic-Lutheran hurdles still exist, but surprising progress has been made

Oct 27, 2016

By Elise Harris

Ahead of Pope Francis’ coming trip to Sweden to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Catholic and Lutheran leaders... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St Peters Square on June 17, 2015.

Pope will go to Sweden for Reformation anniversary, Vatican announces

Jan 25, 2016

Pope Francis will take part in an ecumenical ceremony in Lund, Sweden, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant... Read more

'Impatience for unity' – a look at the Pope's recent chat with Lutherans

Nov 17, 2015

By Carl Bunderson

Pope Francis' encounter with a Lutheran community in Rome this weekend was his chance to advocate for greater unity among... Read more

    Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple in St. Peter's Basilica, Feb. 2, 2015.

Pope to Lutherans: In Christian unity, don't be afraid of the tough issues

May 5, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Christians in pursuit of unity should not be afraid to broach potential areas of disagreement such as marriage, family, and... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass, Nov. 15, 2013.

Ecumenism a 'spiritual process' rooted in the Trinity, Pope says

Jan 18, 2014

Pope Francis met this week with members of an ecumenical delegation of Finnish Lutherans, encouraging them to work towards unity... Read more