Council of German bishops endorses Communion for the remarried

The group did not include Cardinal Gerhard Müller, who has said the practice is against God’s law The permanent council of the German bishops’ conference has endorsed Communion for the remarried, in the same week as the Vatican’s doctrinal chief said the practice was against divine law. In a new statement agreed by the council, which numbers 27… Continue reading Council of German bishops endorses Communion for the remarried

Artist performs pushups on altar, posts video, gets fined.

A German artist was fined after doing 27 pushups on a Catholic altar and posting a video of the stunt online. In the video, 38 year-old Alexander Karle can be seen walking over a barrier at the communion rail at St. John’s Basilica in the city of Saarbrücken. He then climbs up on the altar,… Continue reading Artist performs pushups on altar, posts video, gets fined.

Pope Francis welcomes Germany’s football team to Vatican

The meeting comes two years after Germany defeated Argentina in the World Cup final The German national football team presented Pope Francis with a shirt during an audience inside the Apostolic Palace on Monday, two years after it defeated Argentina in the World Cup final. As he gave the Argentine pope a shirt signed by… Continue reading Pope Francis welcomes Germany’s football team to Vatican

3 beautiful Holy islands you MUST visit soon

Have you been bitten by the travel bug? Looking for someplace to visit that has a rich history and a beautiful shoreline? Consider one of these three Holy islands as your next vacation getaway! Traveling can be a wonderful way to separate yourself from a boring routine. It allows you to experience something new and… Continue reading 3 beautiful Holy islands you MUST visit soon

Germany’s football team to meet the Pope

The world champions will have a private audience during a ‘team building’ drive in Rome The German national team will have an audience with football-loving Pope Francis as part of a team-building drive before a friendly against Italy. Germany plays San Marino in a World Cup qualifier next Friday and will fly to Rome the… Continue reading Germany’s football team to meet the Pope

Christians in Germany assaulted by Muslims

Iranian refugees enter Germany in hopes of safer, better lives, but are met with assaults from their Muslim shelter-mates. One recently arrived refugee spoke to humanitarian group World Watch Monitor, which CNA reported. Written on the wall in his shelter were the words, “The time has come to cut off the heads of all non-believers!”… Continue reading Christians in Germany assaulted by Muslims

Pope Benedict's Speech points caught clearer, after ten years

Today marks the tenth anniversary of perhaps the most controversial papal speech of the last half-century, an address given by emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in Regensburg, Germany, in 2006, which sparked a firestorm of protest across the Islamic world. In the opening section of the speech, Benedict cited a 14th century dialogue between a Byzantine… Continue reading Pope Benedict's Speech points caught clearer, after ten years

International charity says migrants should be housed apart based on their faith as migrant violence escalates

Open Doors international charity has called for a more compassionate response towards Christian migrants and refugees in Germany by ensuring they are provided with adequate protection. Remarks from the charity came after church officials said Christians avoid Muslim dominated camps for fear of further persecution, opting for Christian charities, homes or churches as refuge instead.… Continue reading International charity says migrants should be housed apart based on their faith as migrant violence escalates

Catholic bishops of Germany and Austria calls on Europe's Catholics not to turn their back on refugees amid new restrictions

Issuing a broad appeal to Catholics in Germany and Austria, Catholic officials in both countries have made a special appeal on behalf of refugees from Syria and the Middle East, pleading with the nations’ leaders not to turn their back on refugees and do more to help them notwithstanding the demands for new restrictions after… Continue reading Catholic bishops of Germany and Austria calls on Europe's Catholics not to turn their back on refugees amid new restrictions

The provost of Cologne Cathedral condemns gang assaults on women on New Year’s Eve

More than a thousand men mostly young drunk men reportedly of Arab or North African appearance stormed Germany on 31 Dec and sexually assaulted, robbed and attacked about 80 women, and allegedly committed at least one rape near the cathedral. Similar incidents were reported in Stuttggart and Hamburg. The attack happened close to Cologne cathedral,… Continue reading The provost of Cologne Cathedral condemns gang assaults on women on New Year’s Eve

Letters from the Synod: October 2, 2015

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops DISQUISITIONS …being thoughts on Synod 2015 from various observers ​What Might Be Said at the Synod – I ​As has been noted previously in this space, there are “issues beneath the issues” at Synod 2015. Many of… Continue reading Letters from the Synod: October 2, 2015

Christian and Muslim refugees should be separated, says German police chief

Violence in camps has intensified as the country expects 800,000 people this year Christian and Muslim refugees should be housed separately to prevent the escalation of religious violence, one of Germany’s leading policeman has said. Jörg Radek, deputy head of Germany’s police union, told the German newspaper Die Welt that “I think housing separated according… Continue reading Christian and Muslim refugees should be separated, says German police chief