Pope Francis to Lund
Pope Francis will visit Lund on October 31th 2016. The reason that this historic visit is taking place is that Catholics and Lutherans together are going to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The service in Lund Cathedral will be for invited guests only. Later the same day there will be a big event in Malmö Arena for the public (more information about tickets below).
Why is the Pope visiting Sweden?
Pope Francis will visit Lund on October 31th 2016. The reason that this historic visit is taking place is that Catholics and Lutherans together are going to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It will be the first papal visit to Sweden since John Paul II was here in 1989.
The meeting in Lund stems from a process of dialogue spanning several decades. A milestone in this process consists of the document “From conflict to communion” dating from 2013. In this document Lutherans and Catholics express sorrow and regret at the pain that they have caused each other, but also gratitude for the theological insights that both parties have contributed. At the same time, there is an emphasis on the joint responsibility to talk about Christian faith, not least through work for justice and peace.
The Lutheran World Federation and the Vatican are inviting the participants to the meeting. The Lutheran World Federation groups 72 million Lutherans from 144 churches, and the Catholic Church has more than 1,2 billion members worldwide. The meeting will be hosted by the Church of Sweden in close cooperation with the Catholic Church in Sweden and the Christian Council of Sweden.
Why is the meeting taking place in Lund?
There are several reasons why the meeting will take place in Lund: it was where the Lutheran World Federation was founded in 1947, and the federation will therefore celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2017. Lund is also located in “the Lutheran Scandinavia”, which was affected by the Reformation in many ways.
Why the date, 31th October?
The chosen date, 31th October, is Reformation Day; tradition has it that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses onto the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on that date in 1517. The meeting in Lund is thereby linked to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which will be commemorated on a large scale in Lutheran churches worldwide in 2017. The meeting also marks the fact that in 2017 it will be 50 years since ecumenical dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics started.
What happens during the event i Malmö Arena?
The 10 000 tickets are available on Friday the 9th of September, at 9 a.m. at the site TicketmasterThe ticket price is 100 SEK and the money goes to refugees from Syria. The event in Malmö Arena starts at 1.30 pm and will last four hours. The service in Lund Cathedral will be shown on big screens, and the day then continues with artists, videos and stories with message of hope and a shared responsibility for the world. The event culminates when Pope Francis and The Lutheran World Federations president, Bishop Munib Younan, and The Secretary General, Martin Junge, arrives.
How is The Church of Sweden organized?
The Church of Sweden is a national church, open to everyone living in Sweden regardless of nationality. It is a place for church services, meetings and dialogue. The Church of Sweden is an Evangelical Lutheran church with 6,2 million members (almost 65 per cent of the population). There are 3 500 churches in Sweden, and 13 dioceses. Lund Cathedral is the Cathedral of the diocese of Lund, and its Bishop is Johan Tyrberg. The church is led by the Archbishop of Uppsala, who represents the Church of Sweden in international and ecumenical matters and speaks for the Bishops’ Meeting, which is a body consisting of all the bishops. Archbishop Antje Jackelén is the first woman in this office. The decision-making body for the Church of Sweden is the Church Assembly (Kyrkomötet); it consists of 251 members, meets twice annually and decides all matters concerning the regulation of church life (kyrkoordning).
What characterizes the Church of Sweden?
The Church of Sweden is characterized by a high degree of comprehensiveness. The local congregation is very important in the organization and the Church incorporates a lot of different traditions. That is true also for the liturgy!
During a week in Lund Cathedral you can experience different ways of praying, from a short morning prayer to the Sunday Eucharist with processions and plenty of singing. Throughout the week we celebrate at all the altars in the cathedral. You can receive the sacrament nearly every day. Sundays at 5 p.m. we celebrate Holy Communion Service in English.
Saturday is our main day for baptism and marriage services. The international and ecumenical liturgical movement has influenced the liturgy of The Church of Sweden. If you come from Anglican or Roman-Catholic traditions you will recognize much in the way of worshipping, even if you don’t understand Swedish.
How to travel by public transport in Skåne during the Pope’s visit
Skånetrafiken offers a well-established public transport system of trains and buses. A tip is to buy tickets via Skånetrafiken’s app so as to avoid queues at ticket machines. In the app you can also find all of the timetables. On the website you will find information on how to travel and buy tickets via the app as well as how to travel to Malmö and Lund from Copenhagen or the airport, Lund Cathedral, Malmö Arena and Swedbank Stadion in Malmö. Read more at www.skanetrafiken.se/pope