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 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.”

Swiss bishop resigns at age 59 due to ‘inner fatigue’

Oct 10, 2022 / 04:41 am

“I tell you this with an open heart: I can no longer imagine being in the position I have tried to hold until now.”

Christians excluded from Australian sports? Bishops raise alarm after exec resigns

Oct 7, 2022 / 10:14 am

One day after being appointed chief executive of an Australian rules football club, Andrew Thorburn stepped down from the role following a public backlash.

French Jesuit and American legal scholar win 2022 Ratzinger Prize

Oct 7, 2022 / 03:01 am

A French Jesuit and an American legal scholar were named the recipients of this year’s Ratzinger prize on Friday.

Pope Francis mourns 23 children and several adults killed in Thailand day care attack

Oct 7, 2022 / 02:31 am

Pope Francis has expressed deep sorrow at the news of a deadly rampage at a day care center in Thailand that left more than 30 people dead — 23 of them children.

Public spat between German bishop, Swiss cardinal leads to private meeting in Rome

Oct 5, 2022 / 06:46 am

Following demands for an apology and a threat he would “file an official complaint with the Holy Father,” the German Bishops’ Conference president met with a Vatican cardinal in Rome this week.

Belgium violated right to life in euthanasia case, European Court of Human Rights rules

Oct 4, 2022 / 08:53 am

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ruled that Belgium failed to conduct a proper investigation into the circumstances of the 2012 euthanasia of Godelieva de Troyer on the grounds of “untreatable depression.” 

Gothic Revival reborn: Nottingham Cathedral receives grant to ‘Restore Pugin’

Oct 3, 2022 / 14:01 pm

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin’s design of St. Barnabas Cathedral in Nottingham, England, is to be restored and brought back to life.

Europe’s top human rights court to rule on landmark euthanasia case

Oct 3, 2022 / 06:30 am

The European Court of Human Rights is set to rule in a landmark case on Tuesday on whether Belgium wrongly allowed a woman to be euthanized. 

Pope Francis recognizes the ‘countless acts of kindess and charity’ of Stella Maris, Apostleship of the Sea

Oct 3, 2022 / 04:50 am

Pope Francis has recognized the role of Stella Maris, the Apostleship of the Sea — the largest ship-visiting network in the world.

Let your beauty shine, Pope Francis tells young people

Sep 30, 2022 / 09:00 am

Pope Francis on Friday told young people to let their true beauty shine, the beauty that is a reflection of divine beauty.