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Ecumenical arena: Catholics, Lutherans to serve the poor together

Thursday, November 3, 2016 9:05
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By Cyndi Wooden | Catholic News Service | twitter: @Cindy_Wooden
Pope Francis embraced the Rev. Martin Junge, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, at an ecumenical prayer service Oct. 31 at the Lutheran cathedral in Lund, Sweden.

MALMO, Sweden — The sheet of ice and the penalty boxes were gone from Malmo Arena Oct. 31 as Catholics and Lutherans filled the stands and promised to work together for peace — particularly in Syria — and for justice — especially for refugees.

Pope Francis and leaders of the Lutheran World Federation continued their ecumenical commemoration of Reformation Day in an arena that usually hosts hockey games. But kicking off a year of events to culminate in the 2017 commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the arena was transformed into a venue for song and witness.

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