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Ecumenism: “Together for Europe” in Munich. Address by Card. Kasper. Forum on Church and movements

Nineteen forums on a wide range of topics were offered yesterday afternoon at the event “Together for Europe” in Munich. It was an opportunity for participants to engage in dialogue about projects and initiatives supported by individual communities and testimonies of faith. “Obstacles to ecumenism” was the topic discusses at one of the forums attended by many participants, including Card. Walter Kasper, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. “When it comes to experiences about learning and reconciliation, you are in the frontline”, the ecumenical expert said, voicing the possibility of a future joint declaration on common doctrines between the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Catholic Church concerning the following topics: Church, ministry, and the Eucharist. Another forum addressed the relations, not always easy, between the institutional Churches on the one hand and the movements and communities on the other. “The latter may serve as ‘translators’ in Church communities, for they know the language of the world and the language of the faith of the Church”, said Dr Franz Zeeb of the Evangelical Church.

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