Pope lauds Lutherans, warns of difficulties

Lutheran-Catholic dialogue
In a Vatican visit by a top U.S. Lutheran bishop, Pope Benedict XVI praised dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics but called on both groups to ignore neither their doctrinal differences nor “a general climate of uncertainty” about truths today.

“We should intensify our efforts to understand more deeply what we have in common and what divides us,” Benedict told Mark Hanson, president of the Lutheran World Federation and presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Hanson was accompanied by Ishmael Noko of Geneva, LWF general secretary.


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