Coronavirus has “strengthened and accelerated” debates over reforms in the Church, acknowledges Archbishop of Munich and Freising
To change the world, Francis counsels “attention to the needs of the most fragile”, “compassion”, “sharing” and the “denunciation of injustices”
“We must not look away when Jews are insulted or attacked”, urges chair of Catholic Bishops’ Conference commission for relations with Judaism, Bishop Ulrich Neymeyr
“The Church recognises faults and feels a present responsibility” for anti-Jewish hate, “a sin against God and against people”, says General Synod spokesman on 82nd anniversary of ‘Kristallnacht’ pogrom
Bishop Georg Bätzing wants “intensive” dialogue with Rome, pledge ecumenical advances will be “examined and acted upon” as Evangelical Church expresses “deep regret” at CDF veto
“The promises of the Old Testament concerning the Jewish people and the land cannot be used to legitimise the expulsion of Palestinians”, insist Bishops
Image celebrates feminine contributions to “far-reaching new development in the Church” by which “the gospel found a new path to the people”, say experts
Ecumenical delegation urges German Presidency of EU Council to solidarity, speed in recovery plan: “A delay would negatively affect the most vulnerable members of our societies”
German Bishops’ ecumenism head shares impression Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith “hastily cobbled together” response to the intercommunion question
“We accuse ourselves for not standing to our beliefs more courageously, for not praying more faithfully, for not believing more joyously, and for not loving more ardently”, reads the Stuttgart Declaration of Guilt
Cardinal Marx says ball in Catholic Church’s court after latest Vatican refusal: “The others want to and we say ‘no'”
A co-author of a German paper on shared Communion with Protestants has rejected the Vatican criticism of the document, saying that “the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is one voice among many in theological discourse”.
The German Bishops are remaining defiant in the wake of the Vatican refusal of a proposal for Catholic intercommunion with Protestants.
A German Catholic bishop is resisting a new Vatican prohibition on shared Communion with Protestants.
On August 31, Belarusian border security officers denied a Belarusian citizen, Archbishop Tadeush Kandrusievich, the head of the Catholic Church, return into the country.
A German bishop has hit out at conservative Catholic haters online, saying after commentators hijacked a post on his Facebook account that trolls don’t give “a testimony to our Lord”.
The rescue ship Sea-Watch 4, purchased by a crowdfund led by the Evangelical Church in Germany, is ready to start operating in the Mediterranean Sea to help migrants attempting to reach Europe from North Africa.
A strong sign for Christian ecumenism: the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, and the Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx were awarded the 2020 Augsburg Peace Prize for their “unconditional will to live together in peace”.
For the first time in history, the number of female clergy in the Church of Sweden has surpassed that of their male counterparts, the Church newspaper Kyrkans Tidning reported.
“God created me as I am”, a trans man convert from Catholicism turned Protestant pastor is celebrating.
A priest theologian has questioned the veto on Eucharistic hospitality, saying that as Christians “if we talk about unity, but do not eat together, we are not being truly human”.
“Communion in Differences”. A new path of study to form and encourage ecumenical dialogue between the different Christian confessions in the spirit of the “culture of encounter” so often desired by Pope Francis.
The movement to lift the excommunication still hanging over Protestant reformer Martin Luther is gathering steam, with one Catholic theologian explaining that such a move would be an “important ecumenical sign”.
An ecumenical group has asked Pope Francis to lift the excommunication of Martin Luther and in that way open the door to a new gesture of Catholic-Lutheran reconciliation.
A Catholic and Protestant community in Germany is making the idea of “ecumenical congregations” a reality.
Theologian: “Can we say the Eucharist is a meal of welcome and then not share it with all the baptised?”