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“It hurts me”

Because the St. St. Hedwig's Cathedral is being renovated, it will soon be closed for a longer period of time. Berlin's Archbishop Koch celebrates the last pontifical mass there on Amption Day for the time being – with relief and regret, as he says in an interview.

our siteHow will the last pontifical mass in the St. Looking at St. Hedwig's Cathedral? Will that be special today?

Heiner Koch (Archbishop of Berlin): First of all, it is special because it is the Solemnity of the Amption of Mary into Heaven – for us a very important feast that indicates that we have a future ahead of us, that God is waiting for us, that we have a home to which we are on our way. This is a great message – especially in a city that is often out of touch with this dimension.

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New attempt in malta

New attempt in malta

Life preserver on a boat © Sumalee (shutterstock)

The interior ministers of Germany, Italy, France, Malta, Finland and the EU Commission will negotiate this Monday on a distribution mechanism for refugees and migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea. Five questions and answers.

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The switzerland of south america

Uruguay celebrates its "bicentenario": 200 years ago, around 100 men in battle fatigues gathered at the Asencio River and swore freedom from the colonial power Spain. Even though years passed before the small country on the Rio de la Plata was declared the Republic of Uruguay, the "Cry of Independence of Asencio" is considered the beginning of the State of Uruguay.

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Different emphases

Different emphases

In comparison: New standard translation of the Bible… © Arne Dedert

Different emphases

…and the new Luther Bible © Karl-Josef Hildenbrand

At the same time, the two churches launch their new official Bible translations. A comparison shows that they approached their revision task differently – beyond confessional differences.

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“The suffering is increased”

The international Catholic peace movement pax christi rejects the military intervention of the West in Libya. Johannes Schnettler, vice president of the German section, fears to our site "enormous civilian casualties".

The United Nations Security Council had passed a resolution in New York on Thursday evening (local time) to ban flights over the North African country to protect Libyan civilians from the air force of ruler Muammar Gaddafi. Almost anything is permitted militarily – except ground troops. Germany abstained in vote and wants to do the same for air strikes.

This is "military support for the opposition movement in the country," Schnettler said in an interview with our site on Friday (19.03.2011). At the same time, however, the civilian population is also endangered by possible attacks from the air. In addition, NATO is being drawn into a conflict "the consequences of which are as yet unforeseeable". Although pax christi "sympathizes with the protest movement" in Libya, the great dilemma lies in the choice of means. With the path that the United Nations has now prepared, the suffering will be increased.

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Award winners have been chosen

Award winners have been chosen

Buber-Rosenzweig Medal © Mathias Ernert

The 2022 Buber-Rosenzweig Medal will go to Eintracht Frankfurt President Peter Fischer and to Maccabi Germany, Germany’s only Jewish gymnastics and sports federation. They are honored for their commitment against anti-Semitism and racism.

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Of campaigns, churches and corporations

How is Christmas celebrated? This is currently the subject of a lively debate on the Internet. Meanwhile, tens of thousands support the Facebook group "Christmas is decided in the manger," an action against the slogan of an electronics chain. Just one example of the struggle for the interpretive sovereignty of the Christian festival.

"Christmas will be decided under the tree," Media Markt says. This slogan undermines the Christian origin of the festival, promotes the pre-Christmas consumer terror and exposes people who could not afford such gifts, describes initiator Melanie Zink the motives of her fellow campaigners.

Meanwhile, the Ingolstadt company's slogan made it all the way to the German Advertising Council. On Thursday, however, the industry's self-regulatory body decided to forgo a rebuke. The chain can therefore continue to advertise without complaint with the slogan. For Volker Nickel, spokesman for the Central Association of the German Advertising Industry (ZAW), the event raises a completely different question anyway. "Why does it need an impulse from outside at all for the churches to stand up and say what is important to them at Christmas??After all, the companies' advertising only reflects what they already find in society," reads the title. "Otherwise it won't work."