Beyond Halloween: Witches, devils, trials and executions
(RNS) — As Halloween approaches, the Rev. David Collins, a Jesuit professor of history at Georgetown University, takes us back to a time in European history when witches were persecuted and executed by society.
Blessing robots: Is a technological reformation coming?
WITTENBERG, Germany (RNS) — In the same way Martin Luther used the emerging technologies of his day, the blessing robot has sparked debate about humans and machines — and whether they might lead the church to a technological reformation.
Report: Hundreds of boys abused at German choir school
BERLIN (AP) — At least 547 members of a prestigious Catholic boys choir in Germany were physically or sexually abused between 1945 and 1992, according to a report released Tuesday.
A progressive German mosque draws condemnation at home and abroad
BERLIN (RNS) German politicians, meanwhile, have rushed to the defense of the mosque, making it a symbolic flashpoint in long-running debates about Islam in the country.
VW’s ‘dieselgate’ poses ethical challenge for German Protestants
(RNS) ‘Kein Ablass für Abgas!’ (No indulgences for exhaust fumes), a pastor wrote about the German carmaker providing the official vehicle fleet for a biannual church assembly.
Turkish-financed mosques in Europe allegedly spying for Erdogan
PARIS (RNS) European lawmakers are calling for tighter restrictions on the mosques, which critics say keep diaspora Turks from fully integrating.
Germany dismisses ‘Islam law’ as integration debate resurfaces
(Reuters) Merkel, who will seek a fourth term in what is expected to be a close-fought ballot, has come under fire for opening Germany’s doors to refugees, more than one million of whom – mostly Muslims – have entered the country over the past two years.
Bavaria pushes ahead with burqa ban as elections loom
(Reuters) The move comes seven months before a federal election where immigration will be a prominent issue and the Bavarian conservatives that govern the regionare worried about losing votes to the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
Merkel says Islamist terrorism is biggest test for Germany
(REUTERS) The leader of Western Europe’s largest economy also urged Germans to shun populism and said Germany should take a leading role in addressing the many challenges facing the European Union.
Suspect in Christmas market massacre was meant to be deported
BERLIN (USA Today) — A massive manhunt is underway Wednesday for the driver of a truck that was intentionally crashed into a Berlin Christmas market, leaving 12 people dead and 48 injured.
Berlin attack piles pressure on Germany’s Merkel over refugees
BERLIN (USA Today) Merkel has faced sharp criticism over her decision to allow nearly 1 million asylum seekers to enter Germany from conflict zones in the Middle East and North Africa.
Truck slams into Christmas market in Berlin, killing at least 12
BERLIN (USA Today) — A large black truck slammed into a Christmas market in central Berlin on Monday night, killing at least nine people and injuring about 50 others in what police said was a deliberate attack.
Germans consider Protestant bishops, Muslim writer for their next president
(RNS) Germans want their president to be a moral leader willing and able to speak about the state of the nation’s soul. Pundits like to call this the ‘preacher in chief’ aspect of the job.
Reformation exhibit highlights art as teaching tool and propaganda
MINNEAPOLIS (RNS) ‘Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation’ at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, is the largest of three U.S. exhibits celebrating the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation.