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This is the final report of the Joint Lutheran/Roman Catholic Study Commission on “The Gospel and the Church”. Interim reports of the previous meetings are to be found in Lutheran World 16, no. 4 (1969): 363-379 (1st and 2nd meetings) and Lutheran World 18, no. 2 (1971): 161-187 (3rd and 4th meetings). The following report was formulated at the fifth and final meeting at Malta, February 1971. Four Special Statements are appended at the conclusion. The official version of the document is in German.
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