Mighty fortresses and the "Luther effect". And Luther in the middle - a scene from the Yadegar Asisi Panorama in Wittenberg (Photo:epd-Bild/Jens Schlüter)

In the year of the Reformation anniversary, three big national exhibitions and many other presentations will take up the theme of Martin Luther's effect on history and culture in Germany and elsewhere, and the traces he left in art and music.


"The light shines in the darkness". HIV-positive test result (archive photo: epd-Bild/Ulrich Döring)

We are all shaken by the attack in Berlin, which took so many innocent lives. Our thoughts now go out to the relatives of the victims and to those in hospital. We can only try to imagine their sense of horror and despair.


HIV testing, detecting, treating . HIV-positive test result (archive photo: epd-Bild/Ulrich Döring)

On World AIDS Day, 1 December, the World Council of Churches launched a new campaign to detect HIV. Religious leaders were to be tested for HIV and to set the example, Francesca Merico, told epd (Protestant press service) in Geneva. An Italian lawyer, she coordinates the WCC campaign against AIDS.



Wolfsburg named "Reformation City of Europe". Ecumenical Peace Decade 2017 chooses "Argue!" as its theme. EKD peace spokesperson says International Criminal Court must be strengthened. Works from German museums at Reformation exhibition in United States. Churches call for better protection for refugees . World Council of Churches calls for prayers for an end to the Middle East conflict .

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"We continue to pin our hopes on Europe!".

Ecumenical statement marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Rome treaties

"A day of joy": churches celebrate reconciliation.

Healing of Memories service in Hildesheim sends a clear message of ecumenism

Turning the page in ecumenical relations.

EKD delegation visits Pope Francis. Churches agree to move closer. Baptism and Eucharist areas for theological study. Bedford-Strohm and Marx together invite Pope Francis to Germany.

EKD Delegation sets out for Rome.

Meeting with Pope Francis; EKD delegation accompanied by Cardinal Marx. Bedford-Strohm: "Time to reflect together on further real steps towards visible unity"

EKD leaders to meet Pope Francis.

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Reformation anniversary

The Reformation of Martin Luther and other prominent theologians of the early 16th century have not only brought up the evangelical churches but also a new era of history. The 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 will be a prominent event to deepen the awareness of the importance of this historical change.

Reformation anniversary: Luther 2017


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