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NORDIC COUNTRIES

PRESIDENT HIS LORDSHIP MGR. CZESŁAW KOZON BISHOP OF COPENAGHEN

SECRETARY GENERAL SR. ANNA MIRIJAM KASCHNER

PASTORAL LETTER “FROM CONFLICT TO COMMUNION” On 15 October 2016, in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Bishops’ Conference of the Nordic Countries published a pastoral letter entitled “From Conflict to Communion”, in which the need to carry out reform was acknowledged, especially in an “ecclesia semper reformanda”, while also underlining how much harm Christians of different denominations have done instead of discussing the necessary doctrinal questions. So the 500th anniversary of the Reformation must not be just an opportunity for celebration, but also to reflect, a commemoration in the spirit of repentance. The question of shared Eucharist is a recurrent theme in the framework of ecumenical dialogue; a painful question for both parties. Although the longing for common Eucharistic celebration is justified, “it remains the case that the unity around the Lord’s table must at the same time express the full unity of faith”. The bishops explained that different ideas still persist about the sacramentality of the Church, the interpretation of the Petrine office or the role of Mary and of the Saints, which should not be insurmountable and should enable a rapprochement. At the same time, however, the Bishops in their letter deplored how despite a mutual convergence on questions of faith, it appears that in recent years deeper divisions have opened up with regard to ethical and moral questions which makes the dialogue harder.

Catholic community in Malmö. Just a small part of the Swedish population claims to be Catholic – c. 113,000 faithful belonging to the Catholic Church in the country, equal to 1%.

THE HOLY FATHER IN LUND AND MALMØ (SWEDEN) It was a matter of immense joy to learn that the Holy Father would participate from 31 October – 1 November 2016 in the commemorative ecumenical celebration of the Reformation in Lund. On that occasion the Pope met with the President of the International Lutheran Community, the Jordanian Bishop Munib Younan and the General Secretary Martin Junge, in a ecumenical service of prayer commemorating the Reformation in the Lutheran Church in Lund. Subsequently, the ecumenical initiative shifted to Malmö Arena, which put at the centre of the world the signing of a joint statement on the part of both denominations. On All Saints’ Day, Pope Francis celebrated Mass with the

THE CHURCH IN NORTHERN EUROPE CELEBRATES ITS FIRST CARDINAL On 21 May 2017, at the end of the Angelus in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father announced the elevation of 5 new Cardinals, including Bishop Anders Arborelius OCD, Bishop of Stockholm. The Cardinal himself was surprised by his appointment, which he learned from two priests during a working trip. After the anniversary of the Reformation and the Holy Father’s visit to Sweden, the Cardinal is interpreting his appointment in the light of a greater commitment to Christian Unity. It is the first time in the history of the Nordic nations that they have had a Cardinal.

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CONSECRATION OF TRONDHEIM CATHEDRAL (NORWAY) The new Cathedral of Sankt Olav in the Norwegian city of Trondheim was consecrated on 19 November 2016. The new Cathedral testifies to our apostolic consciousness and represents the re-awakening of the Catholic Church in Norway. The community of Sankt Olav numbers c. 7,000 members and is rapidly growing. Sixty or seventy Catholics decide each month to join the community. Hence the need to have a cathedral larger than its predecessor, which was run-down, and which can offer room for catechesis and community meetings. The community of Sankt Olav is proud of its new church: “The new Cathedral testifies to our apostolic consciousness and represents the re-awakening of the Catholic Church in Norway”, says the parish priest Egil Mogstad. DISMAY AND ASTONISHMENT AFTER THE TERRORIST ATTACK IN THE SWEDISH CAPITAL OF STOCKHOLM The Swedish capital was profoundly shaken by the terrorist attack on 7 April 2017, with the theft of a lorry which was subsequently driven into a crowd in the pedestrian area of the centre of Stockholm, resulting in 5 deaths and seriously wounding 14 others.

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

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