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Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising at the Holy See press office, Oct. 27, 2017.

Cardinal Marx: Pope Francis’ resignation decision a ‘great challenge’

The influential German cardinal expressed surprise at the swiftness of the pope’s response to his offer to resign. Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, pictured in January 2020.

Pope Francis declines Cardinal Marx’s resignation

The pope asked the influential German cardinal to continue as archbishop of Munich and Freising. Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, pictured in Rome Feb. 24, 2019.

Cardinal Marx offers resignation to Pope Francis

“Without doubt, these are times of crisis for the Church in Germany,” the cardinal wrote to the pope. Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, pictured in Rome Feb. 24, 2019.

Cardinal Marx renounces honor from German president after abuse survivors’ criticism

Marx asked German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier not to bestow the Federal Cross of Merit on him. Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, pictured in Rome Feb. 24, 2019.

Cardinal Marx dissolves embattled Catholic community in Munich archdiocese

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has dissolved an embattled Catholic community in his archdiocese of Munich and Freising.  Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx and the Secretary General of the German Bishops' Conference, Father Hans Langendörfer SJ (left). Photo: EWTN.TV

Secretary of German bishops' conference steps down

Langendörfer made the announcement Feb. 26, through the official media outlet of the Church in Germany. He said that he is... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx at the Vatican Press Office on Oct. 17, 2014.

Analysis: 'Querida Amazonia' and the German synod

Following the German reaction to Querida Amazonia, it is not clear what, if anything, could bring their synodal discussions to... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Cardinal Gerhard Müller.

‘A lack of courage’: Germans divided over Pope Francis’ Amazonian exhortation

German Church leaders have offered markedly distinct responses to Querida Amazonia, the apostolic exhortation on the Amazon region released by... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx.

Cardinal Marx will not seek re-election as head of German bishops' conference

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has notified German bishops that he will not stand to be elected to a second term as... Read more

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

In new interview, Cardinal Marx speaks on same-sex blessings

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has expressed the view that homosexual couples can receive a Church blessing “in the sense of a... Read more

Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa.

‘Useless to pretend’: Vatican official dismisses German ‘binding synodal path’

A senior legal official in the Vatican has dismissed the idea that a planned “synodal process” in Germany will be... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx at the German Bishops' Press Conference at the Pontifical Teutonic College on October 5, 2015.

German synod plans to be vetted by controversial lay group, not Vatican

The plan for a “binding synodal process” recently approved by the German bishops will be sent to a controversial lay... Read more

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg.

German bishops vote to adopt statutes for Synodal Assembly

The bishops of Germany have voted to adopt a set of statutes for their long-planned “Synodal Assembly.” The decision was... Read more

Cardinal Rainer Woelki arrives at the Vatican on March 5, 2013.

'Take the pope very seriously!' Cardinal Woelki tells German bishops

The Church in Germany must revise its synodal plans in line with the pope’s leadership and the universal Church, Cardinal... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, during a press conference in Rome, 24 Feb, 2019.

After Cardinal Marx visits Vatican, Germany's 'synodal way' up for bishops' vote

The German bishops are set this week to vote upon statutes for a “binding synodal process,” days after Cardinal Reinhard... Read more

Marianne Schlosser at a 2013 symposium.

Theologian withdraws from German synodal path

A member of the International Theological Commission has announced that she is no longer available to participate in the “binding... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx at the German Bishops' Press Conference at the Pontifical Teutonic College on October 5, 2015.

Cardinal Marx holds 'constructive dialogue' with Pope Francis on synodal plans

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German Episcopal Conference, has held talks with Pope Francis and Cardinal Marc Ouellet about German plans... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx at the Holy See Press Office on February 15, 2017.

Analysis: Cardinal Marx’s next step on the German synodal path

The German bishops seem poised to press ahead with plans for a “synodal assembly,” despite criticism of the plan from... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx at the Vatican Press Office on Oct. 17, 2014.

Marx says German 'synod' will proceed despite Vatican objections

Cardinal Marx has informed the Vatican that the German synodal process will continue as planned, despite recent instructions from the curia... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx.

German bishops respond to Vatican intervention, but documents indicate ongoing disagreement

The German bishops’ conference has responded to the Vatican’s intervention in preparations for a binding synodal process to be held... Read more