Lutherans And Catholics Seek Accord
Lutherans and Catholics for 25 years have sought a way to put aside their differences and share Communion. Finally, a group of international Lutheran leaders has appealed the matter directly to the Pope.
Gottfried Brakemeier, president of the Lutheran World Federation, which represents more than 100 Lutheran denominations, asked the Pope on April 23 to consider doing away with the prohibition on sharing Communion. “I join my predecessors and other Lutheran leaders,” said Brakemeier, “in raising once more the question whether the unity we have mutually come to recognize is not so much greater than those things which still seem to divide us that we could come together at the Table of the Lord.”
The Pope said his meeting with Brakemeier was “a significant step” toward Christian unity but did not comment about the Communion issue.
Irish Churches Unite
Evangelical church leaders are expressing hope that their recent “What’s Missing?” crusade with evangelist Luis Palau will become a turning point in Ireland’s history. Some 17,400 people heard Palau in Dublin during the brief weekend crusade in early May; 1,367 made public Christian commitments, Palau officials say.
“Luis Palau brought a united message to a divided country,” said crusade chairman Declan Flanagan.
Not since Dwight L. Moody preached in Dublin in 1874 have this many people gathered to hear an evangelist, officials said. “This is the first time this century that such a broad spectrum of Christians have united in our city. While the event’s numbers may appear minor to an outsider, within the history of Ireland they are very major,” added Flanagan.
Though evangelicals account for less than 1 percent of the population of ...1
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