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Bishop Georg Bätzing. Courtesy: Diocese of Limburg

German bishop calls for Rome synod to discuss German synod

Jun 3, 2020

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'

May 28, 2020

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

May 26, 2020

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

Feb 21, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Jan 10, 2020

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

Cardinal Reinhard Marx.

German bishops will light ‘Synodal Candle’ to launch controversial process  

Nov 25, 2019

The German bishops' conference announced Monday that a ceremonial "Synodal Candle" will be lit on the first Sunday of Advent... Read more

Berlin Wall Memorial with graffiti.

Commentary: 30 years of German unity, fruit of a Christian revolution

Oct 5, 2019

The revolution that reunited Germany was not, at first sight, a Christian one. But it was a peaceful revolution that was... Read more

The Wunderlich children.

German homeschooling family granted custody while awaiting appeal

Jul 2, 2019

A court in Germany has ruled that a homeschooling Christian couple may retain custody of their children as they await... Read more

German doctors fined for abortion ads

Jun 17, 2019

Two German doctors were fined Friday for abortion advertisements which described how the procedure is carried out.  Read more

The Virgin Mary on the Ghent altar, created around 1430 by Jan van Eyck.

German bishop supports 'Church strike' for women's ordination

May 15, 2019

At least one bishop has offered his support for a week-long “Church strike” organized by German Catholic women, during which... Read more

 Cologne Cathedral.

German Church membership will be halved by 2060, new study says

May 6, 2019

The number of Germans who pay a state-administered “Church tax” to the Catholic Church or the country’s largest Protestant group... Read more

 Kardinal Walter Brandmüller Foto: CNA/Martha Calderon

The Church and sexuality: An interview with Cardinal Brandmüller

Jan 9, 2019

In an interview with CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language sister agency, the church historian explained his remarks - and pointed to... Read more

Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Cologne, Germany.

Leaked German study documents thousands of sexual abuse cases

Sep 12, 2018

A study commissioned by the German bishops’ conference reports the sexual abuse of thousands of children in that country over... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller.

Cardinal Mueller: To lead in Europe, Germany must recover moral strength

Jul 30, 2018

While Germany has the potential to be a major European leader, the Church in the country must take a strong... Read more

After CDF letter, German bishops' next assembly to explore intercommunion

Jun 27, 2018

Following months of controversy, the German bishops' conference have said they will further explore, in accordance with a letter from... Read more

Austrian nuncio laments Church opposition to crosses on Bavarian state buildings

May 2, 2018

The apostolic nuncio to Austria said Tuesday that he is “saddened and ashamed” that bishops and priests have been vocal... Read more

In Bavaria, government buildings will display a cross over their entrance

Apr 24, 2018

The government of Bavaria has decided to instruct all state administrative buildings in the German state to display a cross... Read more

Police stand near the site of a van attack on a crowd of pedestrians in Muenster, Germany April 7, 2018.

Muenster bishop offers prayers for victims of van attack

Apr 7, 2018

Bishop Felix Genn of Muenster, Germany called for prayers Saturday, after a man drove a delivery vehicle into a crowd... Read more

Cardinal Karl Lehmann.

Cardinal Karl Lehmann, influential German prelate, dies at 81

Mar 11, 2018

By Elise Harris

Cardinal Karl Lehmann, Archbishop Emeritus of Mainz and one of the most prominent leaders in the German Church known for... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx.

Updated: Cardinal Marx discusses blessings for same-sex couples

Feb 7, 2018

The president of the German Bishops’ Conference has said that, in his view, "there are no general solutions" regarding the... Read more