Pietro De Cristofaro
Pietro De Cristofaro is an author at Religion News Service.
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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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