In the gallery of his predecessors, the new pope will find a man who took office almost exactly 500 years before him: Leo X., Renaissance prince from the house of Medici.
During his visit to Germany in September, Pope Benedict XVI. wants to put a stronger emphasis on ecumenism than previously planned. This was reported in the Thursday issue of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung"
Praeses Nikolaus Schneider, President of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, calls for an "honest perspective on history" in order to be able to celebrate together freely.
For the first time, a pope has visited one of the domains of the Reformer Martin Luther. In the Augustinian monastery in Erfurt, young Martin Luther had dedicated himself fully to the service of his church and was ordained as a priest. Stephan Cezanne, author of the Evangelical Press Service (epd), takes stock and ventures to find an outlook on the future after the visit of the Pope.
In one month's time, Ilse Junkermann, Bishop of the Evangelical Church in Central Germany, will welcome the Pope in Erfurt. In an interview, she talks about her expectations.
In the run-up to the meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in Erfurt, Nikolaus Schneider, President of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), talks about his expectations for the meeting, also in view of the upcoming Reformation anniversary in 2017.
Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and of Sacred Theology, and Lecturer in Ordinary on the same at that place.
In the Leipzig Debate, Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon und Karlstadt confronted the theology professor Johannes Eck from Ingolstadt and questioned the pope's exclusive authority to teach.
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