Nicole Winfield

Nicole Winfield is an author at Religion News Service.

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German bishops to head to Rome after Vatican demands they scrap a vote on contentious lay council

By Nicole Winfield and Geir Moulson — February 26, 2024
ROME (AP) — A regular meeting of the German Bishops’ Conference this week had been expected to vote on the statutes of a committee that would have prepared for the future council.

Sex abuse allegations against a deceased cardinal add to the German church’s troubles

By Geir Moulson — September 26, 2023
(AP) — In 2018, a church-commissioned report concluded that at least 3,677 people were abused by clergy in Germany between 1946 and 2014. More than half of the victims were 13 or younger, and nearly a third served as altar boys.

More than half a million left Germany’s Catholic Church last year as abuse scandal swirls

By Geir Moulson — June 29, 2023
BERLIN (AP) — The departures left the number of Catholic Church members in Germany at nearly 20.94 million, just under a quarter of the population.

German gunman kills 6 at Hamburg Jehovah’s Witness hall

By Pietro De Cristofaro, Frank Jordans, and Geir Moulson — March 10, 2023
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Prosecutors say the suspected Hamburg shooter was a former member of the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Prominent mosque in Germany sounds 1st public call to prayer

By Geir Moulson and Martin Meissner — October 14, 2022
(RNS) — Germany’s fourth-biggest city last year cleared the way for mosques to apply for permission for the muezzin to call for a maximum five minutes between noon and 3 p.m. on Fridays.

German federal court rejects bid to remove antisemitic relic

By Geir Moulson — June 14, 2022
Despite the defamatory nature of the original statue, “the legal system does not demand its removal,” the federal court said.

German Cardinal Woekli offers resignation on return from timeout

By Geir Moulson — March 2, 2022
(AP) — The Archbishop of Cologne has created division over his handling of clergy sexual abuse cases.

Benedict woes come as German church reform pressure rises

By Geir Moulson — February 10, 2022
BERLIN (AP) — The recent Munich report has added to already strong pressure in Germany for the church to reconsider Catholic rules on issues including homosexuality and women’s roles.

Report on sexual abuse in German diocese faults retired pope

By Geir Moulson — January 20, 2022
BERLIN (AP) — A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Germany's Munich Archdiocese on Thursday faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI's handling of four cases when he was archbishop in the 1970s and 1980s.

Pope sends envoys to German diocese in church abuse crisis

By Geir Moulson — May 28, 2021
(AP) — Two papal envoys will investigate “possible errors” on the part of Cologne's archbishop, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki and three German bishops in dealing with cases of sexual abuse by clergy and others.
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