German bishops elect female general secretary amid abuse-dominated meeting

The German bishops' conference elected a woman as general secretary during a virtual assembly that turned into a crisis meeting focused on the church's handling of sex abuse.

German priest to continue condoms work in Africa

TRIER, Germany -- A German priest who distributes condoms to help stem the spread of HIV/AIDS can continue working at his South African clinic but must give up the pulpit at a local Catholic church under a new deal with his bishop.

Fr. Stefan Hippler, who has worked in Africa for 12 years, served a German-speaking congregation in Cape Town, and also initiated an AIDS charity project called "Hope," which caters for HIV-positive children and parents.