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What is the 1999 Catholic-Lutheran agreement?

I heard there's a document that is intended to unite all Christians under one umbrella, regardless of denomination. Where can I find more information on this subject?

I think you have been hearing about a historic agreement between Roman Catholics and Lutherans—not a document to unite all Christians. A Joint Declaration on Justification was signed in 1999, on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation. This document reflects 30 years of ecumenical dialogue between these two Churches and ends a 400-year-old doctrinal dispute. You can be sure the Church would not have approved this new document if it compromised the Catholic faith. Your best source of information is your diocesan newspaper, Catholic magazines and official Catholic and Lutheran publications. You'll find a good article on this website from an find the text for this joint declaration at www.zenit.org/english on the Internet or at a public library.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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Gregory VII: The 10th century and the first half of the 11th were dark days for the Church, partly because the papacy was the pawn of various Roman families. In 1049, things began to change when Pope Leo IX, a reformer, was elected. He brought a young monk named Hildebrand to Rome as his counselor and special representative on important missions. He was to become Gregory VII. 
<p>Three evils plagued the Church then: simony (the buying and selling of sacred offices and things), the unlawful marriage of the clergy and lay investiture (kings and nobles controlling the appointment of Church officials). To all of these Hildebrand directed his reformer’s attention, first as counselor to the popes and later (1073-1085) as pope himself. </p><p>Gregory’s papal letters stress the role of bishop of Rome as the vicar of Christ and the visible center of unity in the Church. He is well known for his long dispute with Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV over who should control the selection of bishops and abbots. </p><p>Gregory fiercely resisted any attack on the liberty of the Church. For this he suffered and finally died in exile. He said, “I have loved justice and hated iniquity; therefore I die in exile.” Thirty years later the Church finally won its struggle against lay investiture.</p> American Catholic Blog In Christ, true God and true man, our humanity was taken to God. Christ opened the path to us. If we entrust our life to him, if we let ourselves be guided by him, we are certain to be in safe hands, in the hands of our Savior.

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