‘What we have in common is far more than that which still divides us’

Catholics, Lutherans look toward Christian unity in Reformation statement

The Reformation anniversary gives us a renewed impetus to work for reconciliation, said a statement released jointly Tuesday by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Lutheran World Federation. “We recognize that while the past cannot be changed, its influence upon us today can be transformed to become a stimulus for growing communion, and a sign of hope … [Read more...]

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After 500 years, Reformation-era divisions have lost much of their potency

Pew Research Center survey finds that across Europe and the U.S., the prevailing view is that Protestants and Catholics today are more similar religiously than they are different

As Protestants prepare to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, new Pew Research Center surveys show that in both Western Europe and the United States, the theological differences that split Western Christianity in the 1500s have diminished to a degree that might have shocked Christians in past centuries. Across Europe and the U.S., the prevailing view is that … [Read more...]

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LA Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron discusses Martin Luther, “the undisputed father of the Reformation”

"Cantankerous, pious, very funny, shockingly anti-Semitic, deeply insightful, and utterly exasperating"

With great profit and pleasure I’m currently reading Alec Ryrie’s new book Protestants: The Faith that Made the Modern World. Among the many texts appearing in this year of the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation, Ryrie’s stands out for its verve, clarity, and historical sweep. In some ways, it is an answer to Brad Gregory’s The Unintended Reformation, though it lacks … [Read more...]

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Vatican to issue stamp featuring Martin Luther

Luther, who broke away from the Catholic Church in a schism 500 years ago, will be celebrated with a postage stamp in 2017

If you happen to receive a piece of mail from the Vatican this year, don’t be surprised to see the face of Martin Luther. The Vatican office charged with issuing stamps, known as the Philatelic and Numismatic Office, confirmed Tuesday to LifeSiteNews that Luther, who broke away from the Catholic Church in a schism 500 years ago, will be celebrated with a postage stamp in … [Read more...]

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