In this Sept., 24, 2015 file photo, Pope Francis shakes hands with school children as he departs the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in the heart of Washington, en route Andrews Air Force Base. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
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Pope Francis asked Protestants and other Christian Churches for forgiveness for past persecution by Catholics as the Vatican announced on Monday he would visit Sweden later in the year to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.Catholic traditionalists have accused Francis of making too many concessions to Lutherans, particularly in a "common prayer" that both religions will use during the 2017 commemorations.Francis, however, has made dialogue with other religions one of the hallmarks of his papacy.He has already visited the Lutheran church of Rome, the Waldensian protestant community in northern Italy, and Rome's synagogue.
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