Pope Francis meeting with Putin could help mend Catholic-Orthodox relations

November 7, 2013

(Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill attend a meeting with Russian Orthodox church bishops in Moscow February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Gunyeev/Ria Novosti/Pool)

Mystery of Gestapo chief’s fate is solved … and it shocks German Jews

October 31, 2013

(A Star of David is pictured on a fence at Grosse Hamburger Strasse Jewish cemetery in Berlin, October 31, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch )

Finance scandal spurs German Catholic bishops to reveal secret funds

October 16, 2013

(Cologne cathedral and the Hohenzollern train bridge over the Rhine river in this October 16, 2005 picture. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/)

‘Luxury bishop’ must take responsibility for crisis – German church head

October 15, 2013

(A car drives past the residence of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst next to Limburg Cathedral (L) in Limburg October 14, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach )

Vatican tells bishops not to reform faster than Pope Francis does

October 8, 2013

(Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, March 5, 2006)

The Vatican warned bishops on Tuesday not to reform faster than Pope Francis, after a German diocese said that some divorced and remarried Catholics would now be allowed to receive communion and other sacraments.

Catholic reform theologian Hans Küng, 85, considers assisted suicide

October 3, 2013

(Hans Küng in Hechingen, Germany, March 2, 2009/Muesse)

Hans Küng, Roman Catholicism’s best known rebel theologian, is considering capping a life of challenges to the Vatican with a final act of dissent – assisted suicide.

Liberal Catholics seek meeting with pope to discuss possible reforms

September 26, 2013

(Pope Francis attends during his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

German bishop agrees to audit and apologises for uproar after Vatican visit

September 15, 2013

(Limburg cathedral and old town, 23 April 2013/Benjamin Dahlhoff)

A German Catholic bishop accused by critics of being an autocrat and lavish spender has agreed to let an outside commission audit his finances after a rare week-long visit by a Vatican monitor.