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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 5, 2019 - 10:00 am .- The revolution that reunited Germany was not, at first sight, a Christian one. But it was a peaceful revolution that was supported and made possible by courageous Christians and Christianity.
Jul 2, 2019 - 10:05 am .- A court in Germany has ruled that a homeschooling Christian couple may retain custody of their children as they await an appeal against the country’s compulsory school attendance law.
Jun 17, 2019 - 05:29 pm .- Two German doctors were fined Friday for abortion advertisements which described how the procedure is carried out.
May 15, 2019 - 02:15 pm .- At least one bishop has offered his support for a week-long “Church strike” organized by German Catholic women, during which participants organize their own prayer services rather than attending Mass.
May 6, 2019 - 10:43 am .- The number of Germans who pay a state-administered “Church tax” to the Catholic Church or the country’s largest Protestant group is expected to be halved by 2060, according to researchers at the University of Freiburg.
Jan 9, 2019 - 10:50 am .- In an interview with CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language sister agency, the church historian explained his remarks - and pointed to causes of the Church crisis and possible solutions:
Sep 12, 2018 - 08:55 am .- A study commissioned by the German bishops’ conference reports the sexual abuse of thousands of children in that country over a period of 70 years. The report was scheduled to be released later this month, but was leaked Wednesday to German media.
Jul 30, 2018 - 04:38 pm .- While Germany has the potential to be a major European leader, the Church in the country must take a strong stand to insist on moral direction as well, said Cardinal Gerhard Mueller in a recent interview.
Jun 27, 2018 - 05:02 pm .- Following months of controversy, the German bishops' conference have said they will further explore, in accordance with a letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the topic of whether to allow Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Communion.
May 2, 2018 - 12:08 pm .- The apostolic nuncio to Austria said Tuesday that he is “saddened and ashamed” that bishops and priests have been vocal critics of the Bavarian government's mandate to display crosses in government buildings.
Apr 24, 2018 - 04:33 pm .- The government of Bavaria has decided to instruct all state administrative buildings in the German state to display a cross in their public entrances by June 1.
Apr 7, 2018 - 11:59 am .- Bishop Felix Genn of Muenster, Germany called for prayers Saturday, after a man drove a delivery vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians, killing three and injuring dozens more.
Mar 11, 2018 - 07:21 am .- Cardinal Karl Lehmann, Archbishop Emeritus of Mainz and one of the most prominent leaders in the German Church known for his ecumenical work, died at his home Sunday morning at the age of 81.
Feb 7, 2018 - 12:15 pm .- The president of the German Bishops’ Conference has said that, in his view, "there are no general solutions" regarding the blessing of homosexual couples, saying the matter should be left to "the pastor on the ground," and the "particular, individual case at hand."
Jan 24, 2018 - 03:00 pm .- A German bishop’s proposal that the Catholic Church could provide blessing ceremonies for gay couples, as well as divorced and civilly remarried couples, gained support at a Church conference in Frankfurt this weekend.
Oct 9, 2017 - 09:05 am .- On Monday Pope Francis met German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Vatican for a conversation focused largely on migration and ecumenical dialogue in the country in light of the Reformation anniversary.
Jul 5, 2017 - 05:25 am .- Cardinal Joachim Meisner, archbishop emeritus of Cologne, Germany and one of four cardinals who sent the "dubia" to Pope Francis last year, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 83.
Jun 30, 2017 - 12:08 pm .- Archbishop Heiner Koch of Berlin expressed his regret Friday at the German parliament’s vote in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, saying it had abandoned the fundamental characteristics of marriage.
Apr 11, 2017 - 06:02 am .- In August 2013, a group of 20 police officers and social workers stormed the home of Petra and Dirk Wunderlich and took away their children.