The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


God smiles on Augsburg

God must have smiled on Augsburg, Germany, Oct. 31. Early morning leaden skies gave way to crisp sunshine as thousands of Lutherans and Roman Catholics processed down the city's streets from the Catholic cathedral to St. Anna Lutheran Church.

The throng followed the blue-flashing light of a police escort and a silver cross, singing along with hymns that blared from loudspeakers strung across the streets.

Once inside St. Anna, 10 signatures on two leather-bound documents laid aside nearly 500 years of mutual condemnations between the churches and put in place a mutual agreement on the meaning of the doctrine of justification, the issue that has divided them since the 16th century.

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