‘Blessed are those who work for full communion between Christians,’ says Pope in Mass homily

Francis celebrated Mass with Sweden’s Catholic community Pope Francis pressed his call for Christians to forge greater unity, urging Sweden’s tiny Catholic community on Tuesday to set aside divisions with Lutherans as the two Churches commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Francis celebrated Mass in the Malmo sports stadium, packed with Nordic Catholics… Continue reading ‘Blessed are those who work for full communion between Christians,’ says Pope in Mass homily

Full text: Pope’s homily at service for 500th anniversary of Reformation

Pope Francis delivered the homily at the ecumenical prayer service in Sweden 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… Continue reading Full text: Pope’s homily at service for 500th anniversary of Reformation

Pope Francis in Sweden for ‘important ecumenical event’

Francis visited the King and Queen of Sweden ahead of prayer service to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation Pope Francis is marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by attending a historic prayer service alongside Sweden’s Lutheran bishops. Francis arrived to applause, hymns and tolling bells at the Lund Cathedral for the start of the… Continue reading Pope Francis in Sweden for ‘important ecumenical event’

‘Closeness does us good,’ says Pope ahead of Sweden visit

Pope Francis will take part in ecumenical events to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Pope Francis arrives in Sweden today to take part in events to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Ahead of the trip, Francis said he wanted to focus purely on promoting Christian unity, although in the end, he added… Continue reading ‘Closeness does us good,’ says Pope ahead of Sweden visit