Francis: Catholics and Lutherans should ask forgiveness for past wrongs

Pope Francis has urged Catholics and Lutherans to ask forgiveness for the harm they have caused one another.

Pope Francis was speaking during a meeting with representatives of the Lutheran World Federation and members of the Catholic-Lutheran international theological dialogue.

As the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation approaches, he said, “Catholics and Lutherans can ask forgiveness for the harm they have caused one another and for their offences committed in the sight of God”.

The Pope said commemorations in 2017 of the beginning of the Reformation must take place in a spirit of dialogue and humility.