Pope stresses issues in ecumenical dialogue

VATICAN CITY — Fundamental differences, particularly over human sexuality and marriage, should not be ignored out of fear of damaging the progress that has been made in ecumenical dialogue, Pope Benedict XVI told Lutheran representatives. "Ecumenical dialogue today cannot be separated from reality and life in the faith of our churches without causing damage to the churches," he told a delegation from the German Evangelical (Lutheran) Church Jan. 24. The delegation was in Rome during the week of prayer for Christian unity.

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