As COVID-19 cases surge, Germany, Austria close many Christmas markets

Some of the world's most iconic Christmas markets in Germany and Austria were forced to close shortly after or just before they opened, as COVID-19 infections surged across Europe.

Synodal Assembly votes show Catholics support reforms in German church

The second Synodal Assembly of German Catholics ended with overwhelming support for a range of proposals that, if adopted, would bring widespread reform to the church.

As German Synodal Assembly begins, lay Catholics express anger at Vatican

Against the background of lay Catholics' anger about a Vatican decision not to censure Cologne clergy for mishandling abuse cases, German Catholics — bishops, clergy and laity — gathered in Frankfurt for the start of the three-day Synodal Path Assembly.

Head of German bishops calls for courageous change in church, society

As German Catholics prepare for their second Synodal Assembly, Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, president of German bishops' conference, called for courageous change in church and society.