Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Lutheran Leaders Stress Christian Unity With Election Of New Pope

CHICAGO (ELCA) -- With Pope Benedict XVI's election, Christians should pray that God "may bless, strengthen and guide him as a heavy mantle of responsibility is now being put upon him," said the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), and the Rev. Ishmael Noko, LWF general secretary, in a joint statement issued April 19.

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