from Photographers' Blog:

A Bavarian migration

October 8, 2012

By Michael Dalder

On October 3rd, a day where most of my colleagues were covering the festivities to celebrate German unification, I had the opportunity to be an eyewitness to a Bavarian traditional event. The event was the so-called “Almabtrieb” on the lake Koenigssee, in one of the most beautiful regions of Southern Germany.

from MacroScope:

Bridge of Sighs

By Mike Peacock
July 18, 2012

Greece announced late yesterday that it would need a bridging loan to tide it over until it finds the nearly 12 billion euros of spending cuts demanded by the EU/IMF/ECB troika of inspectors, after which the next tranche of bailout money can flow, probably in September. The troika is due to return next week. There’s no doubt Athens will get the interim money. Jean-Claude Juncker, who chairs the group of euro zone finance ministers, said last week that nobody should fret about Greece’s finances in August. They would be shored up.

from FaithWorld:

Disgraced German bishop stirs messy row with Catholic hierarchy

June 17, 2010

mixaA messy dispute has broken out in Germany's Catholic Church after a bishop accused of abusing minors said his superiors had tricked Pope Benedict into retiring him and he might ask the Vatican to be reinstated.

from FaithWorld:

Crises plague centuries-old German passion play

By Reuters Staff
May 11, 2010

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Andreas Richter hangs on the cross as he plays the character of Jesus Christ during a rehearsal of the Passion Play in Oberammergau on April 10, 2010/Michaela Rehle

from FaithWorld:

Pupils “sadistically tormented” at German Catholic monastery

April 12, 2010

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Ettal monastery, March 3, 2010/Johannes Eisele

Children were "sadistically tormented and also sexually abused" at a Catholic monastery in Pope Benedict's native Bavaria, according to a new report commissioned by the Roman Catholic Church.

from FaithWorld:

German Catholics urge pope to speak out on sex scandals

By Reuters Staff
March 15, 2010

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"... And the pope is silent" reads the front page headline in this Hamburg daily, 15 March 2010

from FaithWorld:

Irish abuse crisis aftershocks hit German, Dutch Catholic churches

March 5, 2010

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Bavarian flag at St. Peter's Basilica after Pope Benedict's election, 23 April 2005/Tom Heneghan

from Global News Journal:

‘Dinnergate’ perks up German campaign

August 27, 2009

The German election campaign has so far lacked the riveting debates and explosive issues to which voters were treated in previous battles for power, perhaps because Chancellor Angela Merkel and her rival, Vice-Chancellor Frank-Walter Steinmeier, have worked together in the same “grand coalition” government for the past four years and neither party seems especially eager to rock the boat.

from FaithWorld:

SSPX set to push the envelope against the Vatican again

June 8, 2009

mueller-regensburgThe ultra-traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), recently in the headlines for having a Holocaust denier as one of its four bishops recently readmitted to the Roman Catholic Church, looks set to push the envelope with Rome again by ordaining 21 new priests in three different countries on June 27.* Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller of Regensburg, the German diocese where the SSPX seminary at Zaitzkofen plans to ordain three of those men, has declared the planned ordinations a violation of Church law and has urged the Vatican to warn the SSPX not to go through with them. He told Bavarian Radio on Sunday that he hadn't heard back from Rome yet and would bring up the issue with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) personally on his next monthly trip there.

from Global News Journal:

Is “baron from Bavaria” a liability for Merkel?

June 1, 2009

Germany's 37-year-old economy minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, could become a liability for Chancellor Angela Merkel in September's election thanks to his open criticism of the government's 11th-hour rescue of carmaker Opel.