Germany’s big-spending bishop calls meeting with Pope Francis “heartening”

October 22, 2013

(An aerial view shows Limburg cathedral (R) and to the left the ensemble of the bishop of Limburg’s residence along the river Lahn October 14, 2013. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay )

Huge residence cost overruns cause new woes for Germany’s ‘luxury bishop’

By Reuters Staff
October 10, 2013

(Limburg cathedral by night, Januaray 10, 2009/Tilman AB)

A German Catholic bishopis facing  pressure to resign after it emerged that his new residence would cost 31 million euros (26.3 million pounds), over six times the original estimate.

New book asks: Could Germany have a Jewish chancellor?

May 24, 2013

(A huge Menorah at a ceremony marking the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, December 4, 2007. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

Europe needs more appropriate powers to fight extremism: Germany’s Westerwelle

May 6, 2013

(Eniko Kovacs Hegedus, parliamentary member of Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party, delivers a speech to hundreds of far-right supporters during a rally against the World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly in Budapest May 4, 2013. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh)

Germany passes law to protect circumcision, overruling court decision

December 12, 2012

(Protestors wearing overalls daubed with red paint on the genital area, demonstrate against male circumcision, in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin December 12, 2012.  REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski )

Germany resumes ritual circumcisions after bitter dispute

By Alexandra Hudson
October 1, 2012

(Clothes traditionally worn by Muslim boys before their circumcisions, are displayed in the window of the “Kids Elegance” store in Berlin’s Neukoelln district, September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz)

Germany’s governing Christian Democrats call for gay couple tax equality

August 8, 2012

(German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader Angela Merkel waves before a party board meeting in Berlin, March 26, 2012. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

Merkel ally says Islam does not belong in Germany

April 19, 2012

(Supporters of ultra-conservative Salafist Muslim group hand out German-language versions of the Koran at the Potsdamer Platz square in downtown Berlin, April 14, 2012. The headline "Lies!" on the poster is German for "Read!" REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz )

Joachim Gauck, Lutheran pastor from the East, elected Germany’s president

March 18, 2012

(Joachim Gauck stands in front of a TV screen with a picture of Germany's Federal Assembly after being elected by the assembly as president, in Berlin, March 18, 2012. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)