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Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki.

Pope Francis orders apostolic visitation of Cardinal Woelki’s Cologne archdiocese

Apostolic visitors will evaluate “possible mistakes” by the cardinal and archdiocesan officials. 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

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

‘We have finally established clarity’: an interview with Cardinal Woelki on the Gercke report

The full text of Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki’s interview with CNA Deutsch, following the publication of an independent report on... Read more

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

German cardinal facing calls to resign welcomes release of independent abuse report

A German cardinal facing calls to resign has welcomed the release of a long-awaited report on the handling of abuse... 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have criticized the Archdiocese of Cologne for offering to provide a “background briefing” to journalists about an unpublished...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

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

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

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki.

German cardinal says it’s 'high time' to restore public Masses

A German cardinal has said it is “high time” to restore public liturgies as the country begins to ease lockdown... Read more

Cardinal Woelki welcomes guests on March 30, 2020

During coronavirus, German cardinal opens seminary to feed homeless

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne has opened the archdiocesan seminary to feed and shelter the homeless during the coronavirus... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising and Cardinal Rainer Woelki of Cologne.

German bishops rejected plan for Francis-style ‘Priority of Evangelization’ in synodal path

The German bishops have rejected an alternative proposal for a synodal process centered on the “priority of evangelization” called for... Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, then Archbishop of Berlin, (R) and Cardinal Reinhard Marx in Rome, March 14, 2013.

Cologne's cardinal warns against inventing 'a new Church'

Noting the challenges facing the Church in Germany, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne told EWTN last week that amid... Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, Archbishop of Cologne.

German bishops ask Vatican for clarity on Holy Communion

Seven German bishops have written to the Vatican, asking for clarification on the question of Protestant spouses of Catholics receiving... Read more