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Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder. German bishops said he was a ‘Gospel witness’ (CNS)

In a new report Germany’s bishops say the 500th anniversary of the Reformation must involve repentance on both sides

It was reported that the priest celebrating the Mass knew that they were Lutheran (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

A spokesman for the Catholic Church in Finland has reiterated that the Church has not changed its teachings

Pope Francis is greeted during a meeting with members of the Lutheran World Federation at the Vatican (Photo: CNS)

Joint prayer with Lutherans prepared in advance of the 500th anniversary of the Ninety-Five Theses

Pope Francis prays during a visit to the Lutheran church, in Rome (AP)

The social teaching of the Church is often described as a ‘seamless garment’ and this is even more true of the sacraments

French historian, literary critic and philosopher of social science René Girard

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Martin Luther's 95 theses began a process that carried millions of people out of communion with the successor of Peter (Photo: CNS)

Plans for an ecumenical Luther 2017 are breaking down. That is no disaster

Cardinal Walter Kasper (CNS)

Catholic Church invited to join commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Pope Francis: 'Our witness must concentrate on the centre of our faith.'

Pope Francis calls for focus on essentials of Christianity during audience with Lutherans

Pope Francis greets members of the Lutheran World Federation (Photo: CNS)

Pope says the two sides must ‘confront the historical reality of the Reformation’

Benedict XVI is welcomed by the Rev Nikolaus Schneider, head of the Evangelical Church in Germany (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI says it is ‘deeply moving’ for him to meet Lutheran leaders at the monastery where Martin Luther studied