German govt calls Bundesbanker’s remarks about Muslims offensive

August 26, 2010

sarrazinGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel’s finance minister and spokesman have spoken out forcefully against disparaging comments about Muslim immigrants by a board member of the central bank, raising pressure on him to resign.

Martin Luther statues have Wittenberg in a stir 500 years on

By Reuters Staff
August 12, 2010

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About 800 colourful statues of 16th-century Protestant reformer Martin Luther are popping up in the eastern German town of Wittenberg, where Luther first railed against some practices of the Roman Catholic Church almost 500 years ago.

German Lutheran bishop quits after report accuses her of sex abuse cover-up

By Reuters Staff
July 17, 2010

jepsenThe world’s first female Lutheran bishop, Maria Jepsen of Germany, resigned on Friday following a report she had allowed a pastor accused of sexual abuse of teenagers in her diocese continued contact with youngsters.

Strong support to outlaw face veils as France prepares to vote ban

July 12, 2010

France’s plan to ban full face veils, which comes up for a vote in the National Assembly on Tuesday, enjoys 82% popular support in the country, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project. Its neighbours also approve — 71% of those polled in Germany, 62% in Britain and 59% in Spain agreed that there should be laws prohibiting the Muslim veils known as niqabs and burqas in public.

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.

German Jesuit report shows years of sexual abuse cover-up

By Reuters Staff
May 27, 2010
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Canisius College, the Jesuit high school in Berlin, January 28, 2010/Fabrizio Bensch

Catholic sex abuse scandal fallout spreads in Europe

April 22, 2010
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Fallout from the Catholic child sex abuse scandal spread across Europe on Thursday as the Vatican retired an Irish bishop, a German offered to step down and prelates in England and Wales apologised for the “terrible crimes” of priests. 

Chronology of five years of Pope Benedict’s papacy

By Reuters Staff
April 18, 2010
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Newly elected Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, 19 April 2005/Kai Pfaffenbach

Pope Benedict marks five years as head of the Roman Catholic Church on Monday. Here is a chronology of major events since Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope on April 19, 2005.

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.

German Catholic Church sexual abuse hotline flooded with calls

By Reuters Staff
April 8, 2010
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Trier Bishop Stephan Ackermann launches hotline on March 30, 2010. Text reads : "victims of sexual abuse"/Johannes Eisele