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German cardinal says Church needs to be open to change on celibacy

“I believe the hour has come to deeply commit ourselves to open the way of the Church to renewal and reform.”


Francis summons all bishops’ conference leaders to Rome

The Body of Christ of the Church is “lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse”, US bishops tell Pope Francis at private meeting yesterday.


200,000 German Catholics depart Church in 2014

22% rise on the departure of 178,805 Catholics in 2013. Only 2,809 entered the Church in 2014 and 6,314 were readmitted.


Rise in number of Germans leaving the Church

Limburg bishop's €31m renovation programme on his residence blamed for exodus.

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