German Catholics wary about major Luther festivities planned for 2017

October 31, 2012

Martin Luther, painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1529

It’s rare to be invited to an event five years off and even rarer to bicker about its details, but Germany’s Catholic Church finds itself in that delicate situation thanks to an overture from its Protestant neighbors.

German Jewish leader deters anti-Semitic attack with gun

September 28, 2012

(Berlin’s New Synagogue, 21 April 2010/Sarah Ewart)

A leading member of Germany’s Jewish community had to point to a gun he was carrying to ward off a young man shouting anti-Semetic abuse, the latest in a string of racist incidents in Berlin that has shocked Jews and city authorities.

Top German court backs Catholic Church against religious tax opt-outs

September 26, 2012

(The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig, Germany, 18 November 2011/Templemeister)

German Catholic activists rap decree excluding church tax opt-outs

September 25, 2012

(The cathedral in Fulda, where German bishops are holding their autumn plenary meeting/ThomasSD)

German bishops get tough on Catholics opting out of their church tax

September 21, 2012

(Detail of the western portal of the cathedral in Limburg an der Lahn, Germany, 24 April 2011/Beckstet)

Austria OKs circumcisions after multifaith appeal

August 1, 2012

(Boys in traditional attire attend a ceremony a day before their circumcision ritual at Eyup Sultan square in Istanbul July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Europe’s Muslims edge towards synchronizing dates for Ramadan and Eid

July 11, 2012

(Afghan refugee Shear Jaan prays after breaking fast on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, November 17, 2001 near the Pakistani border town of Chaman. REUTERS/Adrees Latif )

German verdict aims to delay circumcision, not ban it, jurist says

June 29, 2012

(Fathers surround a boy as a doctor performs surgery during an Islamic group's circumcision session for boys in Khartoum April 7, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer )

German court’s circumcision ban for young boys meets wave of criticism

By Reuters Staff
June 29, 2012

(German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle speaks during the 14th Kronberg Talks Open Forum in Istanbul May 15, 2012. REUTERS/Osman Orsal )

German court bans circumcision of young boys for religious reasons

By Reuters Staff
June 28, 2012

(Cologne Regional Court, 20 April 2007/A.Savin)

Jewish and Muslim groups protested after a German court banned the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons in the first ruling of its kind in the country.