Zita Ballinger Fletcher is a journalist and the author of more than 10 fiction and nonfiction books. She writes on military history, genealogy and international affairs and has written articles for many publications including World War II History magazine, America's 1st Freedom magazine and the Gloucestershire Family History Society Journal (U.K.). She is fluent in German and has reported extensively on Germany's Catholic Church for Catholic News Service.

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Despite disagreements, German bishops commit to 'synodal way'

At their fall plenary, German prelates offered strong, opposing opinions as they discussed the synodal way — a future roundtable between the bishops and Germany's largest lay organization.

Anti-Nazi German priest beatified as martyr

Pallottine Fr. Richard Henkes, beatified Sept. 15, spoke out against the Nazis throughout the 1930s and early '40s. He was later sent to Dachau where he died in 1945.

German, Polish bishops urge reconciliation to mark WWII anniversary

The German and Polish Catholic bishops' conferences released a joint statement marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II in the city of Wielun, Poland.

German church hosts Maximilian Kolbe mass at Auschwitz

Archbishop Ludwig Schick honored the Franciscan priest who was killed by Nazis, saying that his life and writings show that God "gives to all people, races and nations equal dignity and equal rights."