Religion: Hope for Unity

The Pope visits Lutherans

John Paul engaged in diplomacy of an entirely different sort last week, becoming the first Pope to preach in a Lutheran church and the first to join in any Protestant worship in Italy. The place was the severe, white stone Christuskirche (Christ Church), which mainly serves the German diplomatic and business community. A group of Lutherans had approached John Paul when he visited a nearby Catholic parish in 1982 and asked, "Won't you come and visit our church too?" The Pope later raised the subject with the local pastor, Christoph Meyer.

Arriving at the church, the Pope greeted worshipers...

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