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Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, pictured Oct. 24, 2019.

Vatican to discuss parish instructions with German bishops, not Synodal Way committee

The Vatican has told the German Bishops’ Conference that a forthcoming meeting in Rome to discuss Germans’ concerns about the... Read more

The Frauenkirche, the cathedral of the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

Munich archdiocese: Church tax income rises as record numbers depart

The German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising announced Friday that it received 665 million euros in income from the church tax last... Read more

Bishop Heinz-Josef Algermissen.

Catholic bishop says Pope Francis is deeply concerned about German Church

Pope Francis has expressed “dramatic concern” about the Catholic Church in Germany, according to a bishop who met him this... Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne.

German cardinal issues stark warning about ‘Synodal Way’

A German cardinal issued a stark warning Saturday about his country’s controversial “Synodal Way.”  Read more

The final press conference of the German bishops’ fall general assembly Sept. 24, 2020 in Fulda.

Germany’s Catholic bishops agree on uniform compensation system for abuse victims

Germany’s Catholic bishops agreed this week to a uniform system for compensation payments to abuse survivors.  Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Rome on Oct. 23, 2019.

Vatican cardinal: Pope Francis ‘concerned’ about Church in Germany

A Vatican cardinal said Tuesday that Pope Francis has expressed concern about the Church in Germany.  Read more

The then Archbishop Luis Ladaria at the Vatican Sept. 8, 2015.

Vatican’s doctrinal office critiques German theologians’ intercommunion call

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has criticized an appeal by German theologians for intercommunion between... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference in St. Peter’s Square, June 27, 2020.

German Catholic bishop dismisses cardinal’s fear that ‘Synodal Way’ could lead to split

The president of the German bishops’ conference dismissed Friday suggestions that the controversial “Synodal Way” could lead to a split... Read more

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer preaches in Regensburg Cathedral June 11, 2020.

German Catholic bishop criticizes ‘Synodal Way’ draft text on role of women

A Catholic bishop has sharply criticized a text produced by the German Church’s “Synodal Way” forum on the role of... Read more

The interior of St. Joseph’s Church in Wedding, Berlin, Germany.

Priest punched during Sunday Mass in Berlin

An unknown assailant punched a priest during Sunday Mass in Berlin, Germany.  Read more

Church in Germany receives highest ever church tax income despite record exodus

The Church in Germany received more money in church tax than ever before in 2019 despite losing a record number... Read more

Xanten Cathedral, Germany.

Survey finds 30% of German Catholics are considering leaving Church

A survey released Thursday found that 30% of German Catholics are considering leaving the Church.  Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishop's conference in St. Peter's Square, June 27, 2020.

Pope Francis ‘appreciates’ the ‘Synodal Way,’ says German bishop after private audience

Pope Francis “appreciates” the German Church’s “Synodal Way,” the president of the German bishops’ conference said after meeting with the... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference. Courtesy: Diocese of Limburg

Catholic Church in Germany lost a record number of members last year

A record number of Catholics formally left the Church in Germany in 2019, according to official figures released Friday.   Read more

Maria Flachsbarth, MdB (2013) Photo: Laurence Chaperon / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0 de)

President of German Catholic Women's Federation confirms support for Planned Parenthood

The president of the leading Catholic women’s organization in Germany has declared her support for "reproductive rights" – including, "as... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing. Courtesy: Diocese of Limburg

German bishop calls for Rome synod to discuss German synod

The president of the German bishops' conference has called for a synod in Rome that would discuss resolutions of the... Read more

Bishop Dominikus Schwaderlapp.

German bishop quits synodal forum endorsing 'polyvalent sexuality'

An auxiliary bishop of the German archdiocese of Cologne has announced he is no longer participating in the "Synodal Forum"... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx speaks at a Vatican press conference Feb. 23, 2019.

Record numbers leave Church in Munich archdiocese

A record number of people left the Church in the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising last year, a local... Read more

Pope Francis prays during the Good Friday Via Crucis in Rome April 19, 2019.

Pope Francis prays for victims of German shooting

Pope Francis prayed Friday for the victims of a shooting in Germany that killed nine people at two hookah bars.  Read more

Berlin, Germany.

Radical feminist group takes credit for string of church attacks in Germany

A radical feminist group has taken credit for an ongoing series of attacks on pro-life advocates in Germany, including the... Read more