As Pope Francis embarked on a two-day visit to Sweden, to join in commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity said that the papal trip could be an important step toward the restoration of full communion between Catholics and Lutherans.
Cardinal Kurt Koch said that it is “a very beautiful sign” that
Catholics and Lutherans can join in a prayer service on the anniversary
of the Reformation. In the past, he said, both groups tended to take a
polemical approach to that anniversary, rather than looking for common
ground. This week’s events, he said, reflect the progress made in “50
years of intensive theological dialogue.”
“I hope this event will be a good path for the future,” Cardinal Koch said.