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Pope’s call for unity on the 500th Anniversary of Reformation

Pope Francis in Lund

Pope Francis embraces Lutheran Archbishop Antje Jackelen, primate of the Church of Sweden.

Pope Francis was invited to Lund in Sweden, where the Lutheran World Federation was founded in 1947, to inaugurate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This is the homily he preached on October 31 inviting Catholics to join in the commemorations of the Reformation over the coming year and to discover its richness. 

Abide in me as I abide in you” (Jn 15:4). These words, spoken by Jesus at the Last Supper, allow us to peer into the heart of Christ just before his ultimate sacrifice on the cross. We can feel his heart beating with love for us and his desire for the unity of all who believe in him. He tells us that he is the true vine and that we are the branches, that just as he is one with the Father, so we must be one with him if we wish to bear fruit.

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