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LWF head hopes for Lutheran-Anglican agreement

A possible worldwide Anglican-Lutheran agreement on full communion would be a "natural next step," said Ishmael Noko in his greeting to the 13th Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England.

The Lutheran World Federation general secretary referred to the Porvoo Declaration, an agreement between Anglicans and Lutherans in Great Britain and the Nordic and Baltic countries. "It's my sincere hope that similar agreements of communion can also become a reality soon in North America and then also in Africa," Noko said.
The Lutheran World Federation general secretary referred to the Porvoo Declaration, an agreement between Anglicans and Lutherans in Great Britain and the Nordic and Baltic countries. "It's my sincere hope that similar agreements of communion can also become a reality soon in North America and then also in Africa," Noko said.

The historic episcopate — the principle that bishops be ordained by other bishops who trace their succession back to Jesus' apostles — remains a sticking point. Noko said the Porvoo process might offer a way forward. "The historic episcopate in apostolic succession is not considered a necessary precondition for [full] communion [in ministries and sacraments] to be a fact," he said, "but is adopted, ecumenically and freely, as [a] sign of the unity of the church."


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