JDDJ - Online Press Kit

Nearly 20 years ago, on 31 October 1999, representatives of the LWF and the Catholic Church signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ) in Augsburg, Germany. With the JDDJ, Lutherans and Catholics had identified a differentiated consensus on the question that had deeply divided the church in the West. This consensus provided the grounds to mutually declare that condemnations expressed in the past do not apply anymore.

The JDDJ was the theological cornerstone that enabled Catholics and Lutherans to develop the document "From Conflict to Communion" in 2013 and to jointly commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Lund/ Malmö, Sweden, in 2016.

In the links below, you will find material which the LWF and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity have jointly developed and shared with the respective Catholic and Lutheran churches to mark the 20th anniversary of this historic moment. This includes a liturgy and additional archive materials.

Photo: LWF/M. Haas

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