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>> Pope Francis is in Sweden today to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Though there has been controversy surrounding his visit. This is Reuters Bureau Chief of the Nordic Alex
Sweden is largely a Lutheran, Protestant nation. So the visit for the first time in three decades of a pope to Sweden carries enormous significance. Both for the wider Catholic church and for Sweden itself this Pope. Pope Francis, has made a name for himself for reaching out to other faiths.
And his visit here is very significant in the fact that despite some criticism from traditional Catholics he's come here to reach out to the Lutherans. Now it's unclear exactly what can be achieved here apart from perhaps some symbolic gestures. And a sense of feeling of the Catholic Church reaching out to the Lutherans.
We don't know yet and we'll see that in a day or two when his visit ends. But for the moment there has been quite a lot of interest here. You can see behind me in Lund Cathedral. There are several thousand people coming out. This is largely a Lutheran nation so the fact that several thousand people had come outside the cathedral here in Lund to see the Pope shows a degree of interest.
There has been some controversy here over his visit. Not so much in Sweden where you see there's a sense of indifference to the Pope's visit. This is a largely secular country where there's not a huge amount of interest. In the Pope or the Catholic church. But there has been some controversy in the wider Catholic church.
There are traditional Catholics, of which there are still many. Who believe that Pope Francis is going too far in reaching out to the Lutheran community.