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Pope Francis meets with first Protestant leader

In a 30 minute meeting, the two leaders spoke about ecumenism. Both spoke about the martyrs as a bond between Christians, as well as the upcoming anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, and the possibility that both Churches will celebrate it together. ;

At the end, the two exchanged greetings as well as gifts. Schneider gave Pope Francis a Bible ;in German, while the Pope gave him a papal medallion. After the exchange, the Pope enthusiastically thanked Schneider in German. ;

Other leaders present at the meeting were Swiss ;Cardinal Kurt Koch, the prefect for the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, as well as German Archbishop Gerhard Muller, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. ;

The Evangelical Church in Germany is a federation of 22 Protestant Churches representing a third of that country's population. ;

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