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of the Signing of the Joint Declaration on the
Doctrine of Justification
Ecumenical Prayer

Friday, 22 November 2019 at 6.00 pm
Basilica of Sant’Anselmo


Twenty years ago, on 31 October 1999, on the day of the commemoration of the Reformation, the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification in Augsburg, Germany.

With the Joint Declaration, Catholics and Lutherans were able to reach a differentiated consensus on the issue that had so deeply divided the Church in the West. On the basis of the consensus reached, they were also able to clarify that the respective beliefs expressed in the past were no longer valid.

This document united not only Catholics and Lutherans, but later also Methodists, Reformed and Anglicans, whose worldwide Communions have meanwhile approved the Joint Declaration.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Reformed and Anglicans from around the world will gather for a common prayer and to commemorate their baptism.

Friday, 22 November 2019, at 6.00 pm, in the Basilica of Sant’Anselmo, an ecumenical prayer service will be held with baptismal commemorations. It will be celebrated according to a rite established jointly by the Lutheran World Federation and by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

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