Posts Tagged ‘Lutherans’

Lutherans and Catholics a step closer to unity

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

The movement towards healing the 500 years of separation between Lutherans and Roman Catholics takes a step closer in New Zealand next week. On Sunday 4 June Lutheran Bishop Mark Whitfield and Cardinal John Dew will open a formal dialogue for the two Christian denominations with a combined ecumenical service in Sacred Heart Cathedral to Read more

Pope Francis on ecumenism, secularism, terrorism and gossip

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

(RNS) Pope Francis leaves on Monday (Oct. 31) for an overnight trip to Sweden, a historically Protestant country that today is one of the most secular in the world. The visit is to mark the start of observances of next year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which traditionally dates from Oct. 31, 1517, when Martin Read more

Lutheran bishop receives communion at St Peter’s Basilica

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

A Lutheran bishop and some other Lutherans received Catholic communion at a Mass at St Peter’s Basilica last month. The National Catholic Register reported sources stating that Bishop Samuel Salmi of Oulu in Finland and other Finnish Lutherans indicated to the Catholic priests at the Mass that they wanted a blessing. They reportedly tried to Read more

Lutheran pastor says Pope opened door to intercommunion

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Rome’s Lutheran pastor and many in his flock believe Pope Francis has opened the door for intercommunion between Catholics and Lutherans. Pastor Jens Kruse of Rome’s Evangelical Lutheran Church told the National Catholic Register that Lutherans has felt this door was closed “for an eternity”. But last month, during a visit to Pastor Kruse’s church, Read more

Pope hints at Lutherans having Catholic communion

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Pope Francis has suggested a Lutheran spouse of a Catholic should “talk to the Lord” in discerning whether or not to receive Communion with her husband. Francis made the remark during a Q&A at a visit to Rome’s Evangelical Lutheran church on Sunday. A Lutheran woman said she is married to a Catholic man and Read more

Joint Catholic/Lutheran statement on Marriage under discussion

Friday, April 19th, 2013

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands at their Annual General Meeting in Madang have prepared a draft Statement on  Marriage. If it is also accepted by the Lutheran bishops at their meeting in Lae on 10-14 June 2013, plans may be made to formally launch it in March 2014. Bishop Read more

Lutheran shipping CEO in PNG suspended

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Lutheran Shipping chief executive officer Agua Nombri has been suspended following continuous pressure from the company’s seafarers for him to be removed. In the seafarers’ meeting last Friday at the company wharf at Voco Point in Lae, Morobe, the chairman of nominees, Titi Christian, said the decision was effective as of Friday. The company is Read more

Benedict in Germany to speak about God – understands disaffection

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

It was a busy time for Pope Benedict in Germany. Although not without some criticism and protest, Pope Benedict has received an exuberant welcome from his fellow countrymen. In his opening address the Pope said, “I have not come here primarily to pursue particular political or economic goals, as other statesmen rightly do,” he said, Read more