Traditionally, October 31, 1517 is widely held to be the day German Monk Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg. For the next 450 years, suspicion and division prevailed between the Catholic and Lutheran Churches.
During the last 50 years and since the Second Vatican Council, Catholics and Lutherans have dialogued and grown closer in friendship. October 31, 1999 was the signing of the 'The Joint Declaration on the Justification of Faith' which ended a dispute held since the reformation. Even on a local level, a few weeks ago Epiphany Lutheran Church in Fort Richmond and Mary, Mother of the Church came together to pray and facilitate a day for caregivers.
We acknowlege the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Let us continue to work together in dialogue, understanding and most of all Christian friendship. Let's build a bridge of love, one stone at a time.