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Cardinal Reinhard Marx.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frankfurt Church leader supports plan for same-sex blessings

A German bishop’s proposal that the Catholic Church could provide blessing ceremonies for gay couples, as well as divorced and... Read more

Pope Francis meets with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier Oct. 9, 2017.

Migration, Reformation center of Pope's meeting with German president

On Monday Pope Francis met German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Vatican for a conversation focused largely on migration and... Read more

Cardinal Joachim Meisner, who died July 5, 2017 at the age of 83.

Cardinal Joachim Meisner, one of four 'dubia’ cardinals, dies at age 83

Cardinal Joachim Meisner, archbishop emeritus of Cologne, Germany and one of four cardinals who sent the "dubia" to Pope Francis... Read more

The Reichstag building in Berlin, wherethe Bundestag meets.

German bishops criticize parliament's approval of gay marriage

Archbishop Heiner Koch of Berlin expressed his regret Friday at the German parliament’s vote in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage,... Read more

German family continues to fight for right to homeschool

In August 2013, a group of 20 police officers and social workers stormed the home of Petra and Dirk Wunderlich... Read more