W.Pa. Catholics, Lutherans aim to mend centuries-old schism

Separated by centuries of enmity, Lutherans and Catholics are using the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation to ask forgiveness of each other and focus on things they have in common.

On April 4, Lutherans and Catholics from Western Pennsylvania will gather in Pittsburgh for an “Evening of Repentance” tied to the Reformation anniversary. While not quite a celebration, the event is a commemoration of a seminal moment in the life of Western Christianity — a family squabble that led to the further fracturing of Christianity in the early 1500s.

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