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Pope Francis receives German foreign minister Heiko Mass in a private audience at the Vatican, May 12, 2021.

German foreign minister welcomes day of same-sex blessings ahead of papal audience

Heiko Maas backed the blessing ceremonies held in around 80 German cities on May 10. Read more

A blessing service as part of a day of action in defiance to the Vatican’s ruling on same-sex unions in the Youth Church in Würzburg, Germany, May 10, 2021.

German Catholics defy Vatican with blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples

Ceremonies took place in around 80 cities, though the precise number of services is unknown. Read more

The flag of Germany.

Father Weinandy: ‘If the German Synodal Way is not heading for schism, it has fooled a lot of people’

The theologian made the comment after the German bishops’ leader said the country’s Catholics were not “schismatics.” Read more

The hand of the statue of St. Peter in St. Peter’s Square, pictured Feb. 28, 2013.

German Catholic group calls on bishops to unite with Rome

The appeal came ahead a day of protest in Germany against the Vatican’s “no” to same-sex blessings. Read more

Churches in Germany are flying LGBT pride flags in response to the Vatican’s ‘no’ to same-sex blessings.

German Catholic diocese hosts event declaring same-sex blessings a case of ‘not if, but how’

The Diocese of Essen held the conference ahead of a nationwide event defying the Vatican’s “no” to same-sex blessings. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg.

German Catholic bishops’ leader: We are not ‘schismatics’

Bishop Bätzing said the German Church remains close to Rome, despite tensions over same-sex blessings, Communion for Protestants, and the... Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki. Credit: Jochen Rolfes/Archdiocese of Cologne.

German cardinal takes further action in wake of independent abuse report

A German cardinal has announced further action following the release of a long-awaited independent report on the handling of abuse... Read more

Then-Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, now prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks at the Holy See press office, Sept. 8, 2015.

More than 200 German-speaking theology professors criticize Vatican ‘no’ to same-sex blessings

More than 200 theology professors in the German-speaking world have signed a statement criticizing the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for... Read more

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, pictured May 21, 2015.

English Catholic bishop fears Germany’s ‘Synodal Path’ will lead to ‘de facto schism’

An English Catholic bishop has said he fears that the German Church’s “Synodal Way” will lead to a “de facto... Read more

Thomas Sternberg, president of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), speaks at a ‘Synodal Way’ press conference.

Catholics and Protestants in Germany announce intercommunion move despite Vatican objections

Catholics and Protestants in Germany have announced that they will press ahead with intercommunion at an event in May despite... Read more

The Catholic Cathedral of Limburg in Hesse, Germany.

Survey: One in three Catholics in Germany thinking of leaving Church

One in three Catholics in Germany is thinking of leaving Church, according to a new survey. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing at the German bishops’ spring meeting in February 2021. Credit: Sascha Steinbach/epa pool.

Leading German Catholic bishop cautions priests against intercommunion

A leading German Catholic bishop has cautioned priests against intercommunion with Protestants during an ecumenical event in May.   Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg.

Head of German Catholic bishops: ‘I do not deny Communion to a Protestant who asks for it’

The president of the German Catholic bishops’ conference said on Thursday that he would continue to give Holy Communion to... Read more

Beate Gilles, the new general secretary of the German bishops’ conference. Credit: Schnelle/Deutsche Bischofskonferenz.

German bishops’ conference elects first female general secretary

The theologian Beate Gilles was elected general secretary of the German bishops’ conference on Monday, becoming the first woman to... Read more

Pavica Vojnović takes part in a 40 Days for Life event in Pforzheim, Germany. Credit: ADF International.

Pro-life activists challenge German municipality’s prayer vigil ban

Pro-life activists are challenging a German municipality’s decision to ban them from praying in front of a pre-abortion advisory center.  Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Rome on Oct. 23, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican cardinal clashes with German theologian over ‘Eucharistic meal fellowship’

A Vatican cardinal has responded to a German theologian who criticized him for opposing a proposal for a “Eucharistic meal... Read more

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg. Credit: Diocese of Regensburg.

Catholic bishop: ‘Synodal Way’ procedures give impression of ‘authoritarian despotism’

A German Catholic bishop said on Wednesday that he detected an “authoritarian despotism” in the procedures of the country’s controversial... Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki. Credit: Jochen Rolfes/Archdiocese of Cologne.

German cardinal says he will keep promise to publish abuse report

A German cardinal facing calls to resign confirmed on Thursday that he would release an eagerly awaited report on abuse... Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne. Credit: www.ewtn.de.

Confidentiality dispute piles pressure on cardinal accused of mishandling abuse cases

German media have criticized the Archdiocese of Cologne for offering to provide a “background briefing” to journalists about an unpublished... Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne.

German cardinal asks Pope Francis to review his handling of abuse case

A German cardinal announced Friday that he would ask Pope Francis to review his handling of a clerical abuse case.  Read more