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The final press conference of the German bishops’ fall general assembly Sept. 24, 2020 in Fulda.

Germany’s Catholic bishops agree on uniform compensation system for abuse victims

Sep 25, 2020

Germany’s Catholic bishops agreed this week to a uniform system for compensation payments to abuse survivors.  Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Rome on Oct. 23, 2019.

Vatican cardinal: Pope Francis ‘concerned’ about Church in Germany

Sep 22, 2020

A Vatican cardinal said Tuesday that Pope Francis has expressed concern about the Church in Germany.  Read more

The then Archbishop Luis Ladaria at the Vatican Sept. 8, 2015.

Vatican’s doctrinal office critiques German theologians’ intercommunion call

Sep 21, 2020

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has criticized an appeal by German theologians for intercommunion between... 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

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer preaches in Regensburg Cathedral June 11, 2020.

German Catholic bishop criticizes ‘Synodal Way’ draft text on role of women

Sep 3, 2020

A Catholic bishop has sharply criticized a text produced by the German Church’s “Synodal Way” forum on the role of... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishop's conference in St. Peter's Square, June 27, 2020.

Pope Francis ‘appreciates’ the ‘Synodal Way,’ says German bishop after private audience

Jun 27, 2020

Pope Francis “appreciates” the German Church’s “Synodal Way,” the president of the German bishops’ conference said after meeting with the... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference. Courtesy: Diocese of Limburg

Catholic Church in Germany lost a record number of members last year

Jun 26, 2020

A record number of Catholics formally left the Church in Germany in 2019, according to official figures released Friday.   Read more

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

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

German bishops reelect secretary on interim basis

Mar 4, 2020

The secretary of the German bishops’ conference has been reelected to his position, despite announcing last week that he was... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg.

German bishops elect new conference chairman

Mar 3, 2020

The German bishops’ conference has elected Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg as its new chairman. Bätzing replaces the outgoing chairman,... Read more

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

German bishops' news agency launches English edition

Jan 10, 2020

A news agency owned by the Catholic Church in Germany has launched an English language service, which it says will... Read more

Pope Francis meets with German bishops during their ad limina visit Nov. 20, 2015.

German bishops commit to 'newly assessing' Catholic doctrine on homosexuality and sexual morality

Dec 12, 2019

The German bishops’ conference has committed to “newly assessing” the universal Church’s teaching on homosexuality, sexual morality in general, as... Read more

Cologne Cathedral.

German bishop accused of taking $140,000 from elderly woman's account

Dec 9, 2019

Bishop Johannes Bündgens has been charged by prosecutors with taking more than $140,000 from an elderly woman’s account.  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

Sep 20, 2019

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

Pope Francis meets with German bishops during their ad limina visit Nov. 20, 2015.

Pope Francis tells German Catholics to focus on evangelization

Jun 29, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis sent a 28-page letter to Catholics in Germany Saturday calling for a focus on evangelization in the face... Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki.

German cardinal thanks Pope Francis for his letter’s call to conversion

Jun 29, 2019

By Courtney Mares

German Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki thanked Pope Francis for ‘fearlessly’ calling Catholics in Germany to be a missionary church in... 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

Bishop Franz Jung of Würzburg.

German bishop issues open invitation to Protestant spouses at Communion

Jul 6, 2018

The Bishop of Würzburg issued an open invitation to all Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive the Eucharist on July... Read more