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

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.

Iraqi archbishop calls for courageous dialogue among religions, end to violent persecution

Nov 3, 2022 / 08:00 am

Addressing the Group of Twenty’s first-ever forum on religion on Nov. 2, Archbishop Bashar Warda drove home the need for “forgiveness and a renunciation of violence.”

Pope Francis accepts resignation of German archbishop

Nov 1, 2022 / 07:52 am

Archbishop Schick said the pope had asked him to remain in office. “After presenting my reasons again, he then granted my request," the German bishop wrote in a statement.

Pope Francis calls on Catholics to become peacemakers

Nov 1, 2022 / 05:26 am

Pope Francis on Tuesday called on Catholics to “disarm their hearts” and become peacemakers. 

Why Pope Francis’ November prayer intention is for children who suffer

Oct 31, 2022 / 09:01 am

“There are still millions of boys and girls who suffer and live in conditions very similar to slavery,” the pontiff said in a video appeal issued Monday.

Pope Francis meets French President Emmanuel Macron

Oct 24, 2022 / 07:04 am

Pope Francis received French President Emmanuel Macron at the Vatican on Monday.

Archbishop Chaput: ‘Biden is not in communion with the Catholic faith’

Oct 23, 2022 / 05:32 am

Archbishop Charles Chaput said on Saturday that Joe Biden “is not in communion with the Catholic faith” and that “any priest who now provides Communion to the president participates in his hypocrisy.” 

Benedict XVI reflects on Vatican II in new letter

Oct 21, 2022 / 07:05 am

The letter provides fresh observations from one of the few remaining theologians to have personally participated in Vatican II, which opened 60 years ago this month.

English town forbids making sign of the cross, using holy water near abortion center

Oct 18, 2022 / 10:21 am

The Council of Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole in southern England has drawn red lines around an abortion provider and designated the area a “safe zone.”

Pope Francis calls on entrepreneurs to be ‘prophets’

Oct 17, 2022 / 07:15 am

Pope Francis has called on entrepreneurs to be “prophets” and transform the economy to ethical principles.

Pope Francis tells Cistercians: ‘The main thing is not to let the evil one steal our hope!’

Oct 17, 2022 / 06:21 am

Pope Francis told Cistercians on Monday to embrace “the greater poverty of spirit and goods in order to be more available to the Lord.”

Amid claim of coming ‘Asian millennium,’ Pope Francis tells bishops to discern Holy Spirit

Oct 12, 2022 / 09:00 am

Pope Francis on Wednesday called on Asia’s Catholic bishops, currently gathered in Thailand, to discern what the Holy Spirit is telling them. 

Vatican II at 60: A timeline of key moments

Oct 11, 2022 / 12:30 pm

Oct. 11 marks the 60th anniversary of a monumental event in the history of the Catholic Church: the gathering in Rome of bishops from around the world for the start of the Second Vatican Council.

Pope Francis expresses condolences to victims of explosion in Ireland

Oct 10, 2022 / 08:42 am

Pope Francis has assured his “spiritual closeness” to those affected by an Oct. 7 gas station explosion in northwest Ireland.

Vatican’s Synod on Synodality organizers say synod is ‘fruit’ of Second Vatican Council

Oct 10, 2022 / 05:20 am

In a message marking the 60th anniversary of Vatican II’s opening, the general secretariat of the Synod on Synodality called the event “one of its most precious legacies.”