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Church in Germany - Latest News
Jul 9, 2020 - 08:15 am .- A survey released Thursday found that 30% of German Catholics are considering leaving the Church.
May 28, 2020 - 04:32 pm .- An auxiliary bishop of the German archdiocese of Cologne has announced he is no longer participating in the "Synodal Forum" on sexuality that is part of the "Synodal Process" underway in Germany.
Mar 30, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne has opened the archdiocesan seminary to feed and shelter the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 10, 2020 - 09:00 am .- The new chairman of the German bishops’ conference has said that calling for the ordination of women could be a conclusion of the two-year “synodal way” being undertaken by the Church in Germany.
Mar 4, 2020 - 11:30 am .- The secretary of the German bishops’ conference has been reelected to his position, despite announcing last week that he was not a candidate to remain in the role.
Mar 3, 2020 - 10:30 am .- The German bishops’ conference has elected Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg as its new chairman. Bätzing replaces the outgoing chairman, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Münich and Freising, and will lead the conference for a six year term.
Feb 26, 2020 - 10:00 am .- Langendörfer made the announcement Feb. 26, through the official media outlet of the Church in Germany. He said that he is stepping down to make way for someone younger.
Feb 14, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- Following the German reaction to Querida Amazonia, it is not clear what, if anything, could bring their synodal discussions to an end.
Feb 11, 2020 - 11:36 am .- Cardinal Reinhard Marx has notified German bishops that he will not stand to be elected to a second term as head of the German bishops’ conference.
Feb 3, 2020 - 11:30 am .- A leading lay Catholic in the German city of Cologne has openly condemned his own archbishop for voicing concerns over the ongoing “binding synodal process” underway in the country.
Jan 31, 2020 - 02:15 pm .- Whether he turns his attention to the furthest corner of the Amazon, or to reforming his own curia in Rome, Francis may find that all roads lead through Berlin in 2020.
Dec 9, 2019 - 12:00 pm .- Bishop Johannes Bündgens has been charged by prosecutors with taking more than $140,000 from an elderly woman’s account.
Nov 25, 2019 - 12:55 pm .- The German bishops' conference announced Monday that a ceremonial "Synodal Candle" will be lit on the first Sunday of Advent to officially launch the nation’s "synodal process," which is scheduled to run over two years and pass resolutions about Church life in Germany.
Oct 11, 2019 - 12:00 pm .- A senior legal official in the Vatican has dismissed the idea that a planned “synodal process” in Germany will be “binding,” noting that bishops must exercise their authority in unity and obedience to the authority of the pope.
Sep 27, 2019 - 02:00 pm .- The plan for a “binding synodal process” recently approved by the German bishops will be sent to a controversial lay group for amendment and approval, CNA has learned.
Sep 25, 2019 - 03:45 pm .- The bishops of Germany have voted to adopt a set of statutes for their long-planned “Synodal Assembly.” The decision was taken in a vote on Wednesday, Sept. 25, the final day of the plenary session of the German bishops’ conference.
Sep 24, 2019 - 04:00 pm .- Archbishop Nicola Eterovic reiterated the appeal of Pope Francis to the bishops that they focus on evangelization and maintain unity with the universal Church during their “binding synodal process.”
Sep 24, 2019 - 12:10 pm .- The Church in Germany must revise its synodal plans in line with the pope’s leadership and the universal Church, Cardinal Rainer Woelki told the plenary session of the German Episcopal Conference Tuesday morning.
Sep 23, 2019 - 01:00 pm .- The German bishops are set this week to vote upon statutes for a “binding synodal process,” days after Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German bishops’ conference, held talks about the plans with Pope Francis and Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.
Sep 21, 2019 - 03:08 pm .- A member of the International Theological Commission has announced that she is no longer available to participate in the “binding synodal path” undertaken by the bishops’ conference of Germany.

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