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Pope Francis Remembers Reformation with Lutherans

As Catholics and Lutherans remember the rift between the Catholic Church and the Protestant reformers that occurred in 1517, nearly 500 years ago, Pope Francis has reached out to Lutherans. Francis has visited Lutheran churches in Sweden in order to participate in the kickoff of a yearlong commemoration, acknowledging that the Catholic Church at the time of the Reformation was indeed in need of reforming.
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  • Becoming the Minority:Francis has gone to Sweden in order to worship with large Lutheran congregations, placing himself in the minority in order to build unity.
  • Owning Our Faults:In seeking reconciliation, Francis has acknowledged the failures of the Catholic Church that Luther protested.
  • A New Narrative:Reaching out in unity offers a new narrative at a time when people expect the worst from Christians far too often.
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