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German bishops halt vote after Vatican request

The German bishops will not be voting on a step toward a forbidden “Synodal Council” at their upcoming plenary assembly at the Vatican’s request. Source: National Catholic Register.

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Pope sees threat of Church in Germany moving away from Rome

Pope Francis has expressed his concern about initiatives individual dioceses and the Church in Germany as a whole are taking, including the establishment of a synodal council, which he said threatens to steer it away from the universal Church. Source: OSV News.


Priests in Germany bless same-sex couples

Several hundred people gathered near the cathedral in Cologne, Germany, to hold a blessing service for LGBTQ+ people and people who remarried after a divorce, while those protesting the service prayed the Rosary nearby. Source: Angelus News.


German cardinal disappointed over staff’s attempts to access pornography

German Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has expressed profound disappointment over an internal IT report finding that employees in his Cologne Archdiocese had attempted to access pornographic websites. Source: National Catholic Register.

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Vatican officials resume talks with German bishops on synodal path

Representatives of the Roman Curia and the German bishops’ conference met on Wednesday to discuss theological and disciplinary issues related to the Church in Germany’s synodal way in a “positive and constructive climate”. Source: NCR Online.


US Cardinal urges Church in Germany to overcome divisions

In an interview with Cologne Archdiocese’s radio station, United States Cardinal Blase Cupich emphasised the importance of ending polarisation and overcoming entrenched divisions in the Church and the world. Source: The Tablet.


Allegations of perjury prompt police search of German archdiocese

German law enforcement officials searched several buildings of the Archdiocese of Cologne yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of perjury made against the archbishop, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki. Source: CNA.

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Pectoral cross of Benedict XVI stolen from Bavarian church

A pectoral cross bequeathed by the late Pope Benedict XVI to a parish in his native Bavaria has been stolen from the church where it was on display. Source: CNA.


Another decisive Vatican ‘no’ for German reformers

The Vatican has underlined that lay Catholics may not participate in the election of a bishop and has turned down another of the German synodal path initiative’s reform proposals. Source: The Tablet.