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Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne.

German cardinal issues stark warning about ‘Synodal Way’

Sep 28, 2020

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

Sep 18, 2020

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

Apr 17, 2020

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

Mar 30, 2020

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

Sep 10, 2019

By Ed Condon

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'

Feb 19, 2019

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

Apr 4, 2018

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