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Martin Luther

REFORMATION 500: Then and Now

Public Witness uses online media to call for reforms

Reformation 500

The aim of this project was to mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses for reform to the church door in Wittenberg on the 31st of October 1517. The Church needed to be reformed THEN, and the church needs to be reformed NOW!

We decided that the image of Martin Luther nailing his theses to the church door was a powerful image for reform. We asked our members around the world to bring posters seeking reforms to the doors of their churches and to take photos. Where Luther had used the printing press we would use online media to spread our message for reforms needed in the Catholic Church.

Our posters were translated into several different languages and each country adapted the points to be appropriate for their country.

We received over 500 photos from 6 continents and from 17 countries! And close to 500 people participated with our witnessing outside churches. This was certainly a success! Austria definitely led this project from start to finish! They printed over 1000 posters and distributed them all around Austria. And it was good to see a number of photos with priests taking part!

It was great to have 3 countries in South America taking part (Brazil, Chile and Argentina). Special mention also for Pakistan and South Africa for taking part.

The 17 countries form 6 continents taking part were:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • England
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • USA
  • Vatican

Thank you to all who took part.   Please click on the picture below to go to the Reformation 500 album