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Catholicism cannot be reinvented as if from a clean slate in every generation

Bishop Franz-Josef Bode said there is ‘much that is positive, good and right’ in recognising same-sex unions

The neo-Romanesque St Lambertus church was destroyed to make way for a mine

The figures come despite falling Mass attendance

Cardinal Woelki said there is ‘no basis’ for such a service as Catholics and Protestants do not agree on the Eucharist

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

The German Church is wealthy but in dramatic decline. Only a new ‘Reformation’ can save it

The dramatic figures are still an improvement on 2015, when 180,000 left the Church

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church