AC Wimmer

AC Wimmer

AC Wimmer is founding Editor-in-Chief of CNA Deutsch. The multilingual Australian, raised in Bavaria and South Africa, held senior roles at Australia's SBS and served as editor-in-chief of the historic Münchner Kirchenzeitung. A graduate in Philosophy and Chinese Studies from the University of Melbourne, Anian Christoph Wimmer — Chinese name 刘威猛 — sat on the jury of the Media Award of the German Bishops’ Conference, is a former Honorary Research Fellow in Communications at the University of Melbourne and served on the Board of Caritas in Munich.

Articles by AC Wimmer

German bishop must face Vatican investigation, abuse council demands

Dec 12, 2022 / 08:35 am

The survivors’ organization called on Bishop Bode “to take moral responsibility for the suffering caused by him — irrespective of the standards of criminal law.”

Pope Francis calls on Catholics to entrust themselves to Our Lady, prays for peace in Ukraine

Dec 8, 2022 / 08:42 am

On Thursday, Pope Francis publicly visited the statue dedicated to the Immaculate Conception near Rome’s Piazza di Spagna for the first time in two years. 

Pope Francis decrees better control of Vatican funds and foundations

Dec 6, 2022 / 08:00 am

Pope Francis issued a decree on Tuesday aimed at improving the financial accountability of funds, foundations, and other legal entities inside the Vatican.

German Synodal Way designed to create ‘pressure’ on the Church, founding president says

Dec 2, 2022 / 07:10 am

Thomas Sternberg, former president of the Central Committee of German Catholics, said the process wanted to achieve changes to Church teaching.

Pope Francis praises ‘fruitful’ theology of Benedict XVI

Dec 1, 2022 / 05:06 am

Speaking at the 2022 Ratzinger Prize award ceremony, Francis said: “We all feel his spiritual presence and his accompaniment in prayer for the whole Church.”

Norwegian bishop: Catholic life leads ‘to persecution to some degree in this fallen world’

Nov 30, 2022 / 07:00 am

Marking 500 years of his country’s history, a convert to Catholicism, Trappist monk, and Scandinavian bishop spoke about persecution in Rome this week.

As Church allows for LGBT-employees in Germany, Vatican publishes concerns over Synodal Way

Nov 25, 2022 / 09:30 am

The Vatican on Thursday published the full wording of its latest warnings over another schisma coming out of Germany, raising fundamental concerns and objections against the Synodal Way.

Did the Vatican ‘snub’ German bishops over Synodal Way?

Nov 21, 2022 / 10:04 am

Bishop Georg Bätzing said supporters of the Synodal Way wanted to remain Catholic, “but we want to be Catholic in a different way.”

Why Catholics and Orthodox might once again celebrate Easter on the same date

Nov 18, 2022 / 07:30 am

The spiritual leader of the world’s Eastern Orthodox Christians has come out in support of finding a common date to celebrate Easter.

Ahead of 2022 FIFA World Cup, bishop calls for ‘critical look’ at situation of Christians in Qatar

Nov 17, 2022 / 08:20 am

The “sports bishop” of the German Bishops’ Conference on Thursday called for a critical look at conditions in the competition’s host country.

German bishops meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican amid concern over Synodal Way

Nov 17, 2022 / 07:52 am

The audience with Pope Francis lasted about two hours, the German Bishops’ Conference said in a statement published after the encounter.

French bishop under investigation for ‘inappropriate’ behavior toward a woman

Nov 17, 2022 / 03:25 am

The archbishop emeritus of Strasbourg said he deeply regretted making “inappropriate gestures toward a young woman of legal age” in the late 1980s. 

‘Truly not an easy task’: German bishops begin talks in Rome amid Synodal Way concerns

Nov 14, 2022 / 10:30 am

Bishop Georg Bätzing said the German bishops would “openly and honestly address” the topics of the process during their ad limina visit in Rome this week.

Pope Francis meets with Father James Martin at Vatican

Nov 11, 2022 / 05:24 am

Pope Francis received Jesuit Father James Martin in a private audience in the apostolic palace inside the Vatican on Friday.

Pope Francis, King of Jordan discuss ‘need to encourage Christian presence’ in Middle East

Nov 10, 2022 / 09:20 am

Pope Francis received King Abdullah II of Jordan on Thursday in the Vatican.

‘Priestly formation at the heart of evangelization,’ Pope Francis tells seminary rectors

Nov 10, 2022 / 09:00 am

Speaking to rectors and formators from Latin America Nov. 10, the pontiff called priest vocations “a gift of God to the Church and to the world.”

Vatican’s first auditor general and his deputy sue Secretariat of State

Nov 10, 2022 / 07:40 am

Libero Milone and Ferruccio Panicco are seeking $9.25 million compensation for loss of earnings, damage to their reputations, and emotional suffering.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of German bishop found guilty of embezzlement

Nov 8, 2022 / 04:34 am

Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a German bishop who was convicted of embezzling money from a woman suffering from dementia.

French cardinal confesses to sexual abuse

Nov 7, 2022 / 09:00 am

Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard said on Monday that he had abused a 14-year-old girl several decades ago and was making himself available to authorities.

Pope Francis calls on religious not to be discouraged by ‘lack of vocations or by aging’

Nov 7, 2022 / 08:03 am

The pope addressed representatives of the Claretianum Institute of the Theology of the Consecrated Life at the Vatican on Nov. 7.