"From Rome to Athens"



    The Lutheran Journal, Vol. 54, #2, 1987 - Erwin Weber


The current pontiff in Rome, John Paul II, went to a Lutheran Church in Rome on St. Martin's Day, November 11, 1983, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Luther's birth. The pontiff entered the church in the spirit of reconciliation, of ecumenism, and in a sincere effort of promoting Christian unity.

This article concentrates on the history and present activities of the Lutheran congregation in Rome and Athens. The congregations in Rome and Athens consist primarily of Lutherans who are embassy employees and their families.

Also included in the article is a description of my visit to Corinth where undoubtedly the church in that ancient city was established by the Apostle Paul as written in Corinthian (1:1-3), "Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Jesus Christ, and our brother, Sosthenes. To the church of God, which is at Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."