Posts Tagged ‘Germany’

Germany’s churches warn against racism upsurge Comments 0

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

An upsurge in racism in Germany has prompted German bishops urge those who ‘see themselves as Christians’ to oppose it. “Seizing this opportunity to stir up anger and hate against foreigners or those who think differently from us, or using violence against them is too reprehensible,” Bishop Gerhard Feige said in a statement circulated on Read more

German immigration policies: rallies, riots, death Comments 0

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

German immigration policies have seen left and right wing groups clashing in sometimes violent protests in several major cities. Thousands of people rallied on Sunday to demand the country help with missions to rescue migrants stranded at sea. The demonstrations, organised by a range of Catholic and Protestant civic groups, were part of a Europe-wide Read more

German Catholics’ confusing attempt to allow Communion for Protestants Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018
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If you’re a Protestant married to a Catholic in Germany, you might be able to receive Communion along with your spouse in the Catholic Church. Then again, you may not be welcome to do so, or you could find yourself simply unsure. This confusing situation, created by a proposed change to the tradition that the Read more

German archbishop OKs intercommunion in his diocese Comments 0

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

German archbishop Hans-Josef Becker will let Protestant spouses of Catholics living in his diocese receive holy communion “in individual cases.” He presented his interpretation of the German bishops’ conference “pastoral guidance“at a meeting of the Council of Priests of the Archdiocese of Paderborn last week. He says he told his presbyteral council that the pastoral Read more

German president, celebrities: churches should share communion Comments 0

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

The German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, says the Catholic Church should allow Protestants to receive Communion. He offered his opinion at Katholikentag, a Muenster-based conference drawing tens of thousands of Catholics from German-speaking Europe. “Let us seek ways of expressing the common Christian faith by sharing in the Last Supper and Communion. I am sure thousands Read more

Intercommunion – Cardinal Marx and Pope Francis Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Intercommunion – enabling non-Catholics to receive the Eucharist – is to be discussed in Rome. Although several news sources say Francis has already rejected a draft plan to allow non-Catholics who are married to Catholics to receive Communion in certain circumstances, it seems this is not the case. German Bishops’ Conference president, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Read more

Vatican ruling on giving Communion to Protestants sought Comments 0

Monday, April 9th, 2018

A Vatican ruling on giving Communion to Protestants is being sought. According to draft guidelines approved by the German Bishops’ Conference in February, Protestant spouses may receive Communion after making a “serious examination of conscience”. The Bishops’ Conference says they must also affirm “the faith of the Catholic Church”, and wish to end “serious spiritual Read more

Jews, Muslims invited to join Christians in German Karneval Comments 0

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

This year, Jews and Muslims have been invited to join in the German Karneval celebrations in Germany. Traditionally, in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday, Catholic cities in Germany hold huge street celebrations. Parades and parties provide revellers with a last binge of drinking, dancing and singing before the 40 days of fasting in Read more

German Cardinal urges verbal disarmament after far-right election success Comments 0

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
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A far-right party’s success in Germany’s national elections on Sunday will need to be handled with dignity, the German bishops conference says. Cardinal Reinhard Marx is urging “verbal disarmament” and says the German parliament (Bundestag) has a special dignity which must take priority in political confrontations. The Alternative for Germany (AfD) is the first far-right Read more

German churches hide refugees from police Comments 0

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Numerous German churches are defending refugees. They are even housing rejected asylum seekers in churches so German police cannot deport them, while submitting legal appeals for their cases. Read more Related Posts:Vinnies stands up for asylum seekersSanctuary for immigrants hiding from TrumpGerman priorities: Christians, ‘socially…Treatment of refugees in Australia cruel and evil