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Germany thwarts terror plot: Teenage suspects reportedly planned attacks on churches

Apr 12, 2024

By AC Wimmer

The Düsseldorf public prosecutor’s office revealed that the suspects, between 15 and 16 years old, were apprehended over the Easter... Read more

An illustration of the topic of Thomas Aquinas and AI created by DALL-E, a text-to-image model native to ChatGPT.

What would Thomas Aquinas make of AI?

Feb 20, 2024

By AC Wimmer

According to one German theologian, the Catholic saint and doctor of the Church can contribute to contemporary discussions about AI’s... Read more

The cross of the German “Synodal Way.”

Critics challenge German Synodal Way in light of abuse study

Jan 30, 2024

By AC Wimmer

A new study looking at survivors of abuse within the Evangelical Church in Germany calls into doubt the narrative that... Read more

Students of the Studienjahr during a lesson at Beit Josef, the headquarters of the program, within the compound of the Benedictine Abbey of the Dormition in Jerusalem. The Studienjahr program (launched in 1973) is an annual program of ecumenical studies. It brings together every year about 20 German-speaking theology students from all Christians denominations. January 2024.

Abbey in the Holy Land brings Christian students from different denominations together

Jan 26, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

For 50 years, the Benedictine Dormition Abbey, which stands on Mount Zion, has hosted German-speaking students for an ecumenical theology... Read more

Farmers use their tractors and hold a rally blocking access to the Riebeckplatz on the first day of a week of protests on Jan. 8, 2024, in central Halle (Saale), Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

Amid farmers’ protests and disruptions, German bishop calls for dialogue 

Jan 8, 2024

By AC Wimmer

Bishop Georg Bätzing appealed for peaceful resolutions on Monday: “Let us approach each other and find solutions together that serve... Read more

Tia, Miriam, Emanuel, and Josias (left to right) from the St. Lorenz Catholic Parish in Kempten, Diocese of Augsburg, Germany, December 2023.

Thousands of ‘Star Singers’ continue tradition of bringing Christ’s blessings for new year

Dec 31, 2023

By Emma Silvestri

Every year in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, thousands of children go from door to door dressed as the three Wise... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Police: Suspect in theft of Benedict XVI’s pectoral cross arrested

Oct 7, 2023

By AC Wimmer

A 53-year-old suspect has been arrested in the theft of Pope Benedict XVI’s pectoral cross. Read more

The Romeike family fled from Germany in order to homeschool their children, and now faces deportation from the U.S.

Congress members urge DOJ to reject deportation of German family who sought asylum in US

Oct 6, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The Romeikes were granted deferred action status in 2013 after conflicts with the German government about home-schooling their children. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing addresses journalists on Sept 28, 2023.

German bishops conclude tense gathering with all eyes on Synod on Synodality in Rome

Sep 29, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Conscious of mounting tensions and open defiance around certain issues, the assembly in Wiesbaden served as a charged prelude to... Read more

The Romeike family fled from Germany in order to home-school their children and now faces deportation from the U.S.

Family who fled Germany to home-school their kids faces deportation from the U.S.

Sep 26, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The Romeikes fled Germany in 2009 over the country’s severe compulsory education laws and now face deportation from the U.S. Read more

Participants at the March for Life in Cologne, Germany, Sept. 16, 2023.

Historic twin marches for life in Germany face disruptions and defiance

Sep 18, 2023

By AC Wimmer

The dual marches drew thousands and were met with both enthusiasm and confrontation as counterdemonstrators attempted to disrupt the events.  Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne. Credit:

German cardinal disappointed over staff’s attempts to access pornography 

Aug 21, 2023

By AC Wimmer

“I stand firmly with Pope Francis, who unequivocally condemns [pornography] and warns of its insidious dangers,” Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, former prefect of the Papal Household, speaks at Maria Vesperbild in Bavaria, Germany, on the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, Aug. 15, 2023.

Marian embrace: Gänswein speaks of loneliness and solace in first public appearance

Aug 16, 2023

By AC Wimmer

On Tuesday, the former prefect of the Papal Household found himself seeking solace in a Bavarian hamlet. Read more

The agreement between the German Reich and the Holy See in Rome was signed on July 20, 1933.

Hitler, the Holy See, and a historic treaty: The Reichskonkordat at 90

Jul 20, 2023

By AC Wimmer

On July 20, the Church marks the 90th anniversary of a deal made in Rome between Hitler’s Germany and the... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx meets with a delegation from the Italian village of Filetto di Camarda in his residence in Munich on July 9, 2023.

Cardinal Marx apologizes for later bishop’s role in WWII massacre

Jul 10, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Before he ascended to the rank of auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising in 1968, Matthias Defregger... Read more

Bishop Gebhard Fürst blesses the bell from St. Albertus Magnus in Oberesslingen in front of the church in Żegoty (Siegfriedswalde), Germany, which has now returned to its homeland of Poland.

Ringing in a new era: the historic return of Nazi-plundered bells to Poland

Jun 26, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Over the weekend, a German bishop and a state premier participated in an initiative to bring bells stolen by the... Read more

The cross of the German “Synodal Way.”

Group of faithful in Germany rejects Synodal Way: ‘We want to remain Catholic’

Jun 2, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Birgit Kelle told EWTN Noticias that her association represents “many orthodox Catholics who are concerned about the Synodal Way and... Read more

Auxiliary Bishop Ansgar Puff in the devastated Kreuzerhöhungskirche in Wissen, Germany, Feb. 15, 2023.

Watchdog raises concerns after arson attacks on German, French churches

Feb 21, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Following an arson attack on a historic church in Germany, a European watchdog has raised concerns over hate crimes targeting... Read more

The cuddly bear commemorating the late Pope Benedict XVI, created by the Coburg, Bavaria, company Hermann Teddy Fabrik in Germany.

Meet the ‘Benedict Bears’: Cuddly companions commemorate the late pope emeritus

Jan 20, 2023

By AC Wimmer

A traditional toy manufacturer in the Bavarian town of Coburg has produced two limited editions of its iconic teddy bears... Read more

Katharina Westerhorstmann.

Theologian resigns from German ‘Synodal Way’ forum on sexual morality

Jun 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

Katharina Westerhorstmann, who teaches theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s campus in Austria, objected to ideas advanced by the forum. Read more