Ecumenical symbol © Stefano Dal Pozzolo (KNA)
Vatican and Lutheran World Federation have published a new Italian translation of the "Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification". With this, the Catholic Church and Lutherans want to continue the "history of reconciliation".
In a statement, the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity spoke of an important joint step toward giving the historic ecumenical agreement a broader welcome. The updated translation of the 1999 document and accompanying texts was published on 3. January published, the 500. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther's excommunication.
"Continuing the history of reconciliation"
With the publication, the Catholic Church and Lutherans wanted to underscore their "firm intention" to "continue together on the path from conflict to communion," they said. The documents are preceded by a foreword by Cardinal Kurt Koch, papal ecumenical envoy, and Martin Junge, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation. Both emphasize you can't undo the history of division, but it can "become part of our history of reconciliation".
The publication also marks the beginning of a ten-year period of preparation for the 500th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession in 2030. The one on 25. The "Confessio Augustana," handed down on June 1530, can be seen as the last great attempt during the Reformation to save the unity of the church.