The next chapter in the Vatican financial thriller: did ousted Cardinal Becciu bribe witnesses who testified against his opponent Pell in an abuse scandal? The accusation reads like fiction, but it is hard reality.

The comparisons to spy movies or Nexflix thrillers à la "House of Cards" and "The Young Pope" have been drawn so frequently in recent weeks that they almost seem tiresome again. Looking at the accusations that are currently circulating in the Catholic world, however, there are hardly more apt comparisons than crime fiction.

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It all starts in the mind: temptation is the game of possibilities at the expense of what is offered. Authors, directors and producers have been debating the ie at a three-day symposium in Rome since Thursday.

Watching films with friends and talking heads, about religion, about culture, about politics and about one's own work, the whole thing moreover in delightful and inspiring surroundings – that doesn't sound too bad. Once a year, the Munich Academy for Film and Television Dramaturgy invites "Top: Talente e.V." invite to a symposium in Rome.

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Many order people work at the hot spots of the earth and are competent interlocutors with social and development-political questions, said the director of the working group of German mission procurations (AGMP), the Salesianer Jean Paul Muller, on Monday with the presentation of the AGMP financial report in Bonn. "There are communities with us that mobilize several million euros a year with three or four sisters."

Self-confidently representatives of catholic orders demanded a stronger operational readiness level in the German specialized committees of the development assistance. Muller pointed out that many religious orders largely do without bureaucracy and get by with little paid helpers. In many cases it is religious who ensure the famous sustainability of projects. Muller regretted that lurid fringe topics such as church discipline or sexuality were more prevalent in the public eye. In addition to ies such as the use of condoms, the position on celibacy and the punishment of pedophile priests, he said, there are other important and pressing ies. According to the data, German religious communities supported projects in the so-called Third World with 118 million euros in 2007. A good third of the money went to African countries, followed by Asia with 26 percent and Latin America with 24 percent. Four percent went to Eastern European countries.

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For more than two decades, "Opus Bono Sacerdotii" has been working in secret on behalf of priests accused of abuse. The co-founder's daughter is now making serious allegations.

The communion girl, dressed all in white, smiles shyly at the camera while Komlan Dem Houndjame has his arms around her. The priest at the Amption Grotto in Detroit is no stranger to ten-year-old Mary Rose. He was in and out of his parents' house. Her father, Joe Maher, had taken the West African into his care when police filed rape charges in 2002. The allegations stemmed from a 48-year-old woman who sang in the parish choir.

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At the conclusion of this year's state synod of the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland in Bad Neuenahr, Nikolaus Schneider drew a positive balance. It is about making the church fit for the future. In an interview with our site, the Rhenish president spoke about important topics of the meeting, such as the criticism of nuclear energy and the request to Catholic bishops on the question of the Lord's Supper.



Interviewer: Without wanting to anticipate today's concluding synod day. The Protestant Church has had a difficult year, also with allegations of abuse against employees – how did you feel about the meeting as a whole??

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Victims' initiative indirectly calls for leaving the church

The victims' initiative "Eckiger Tisch" had argued for a fundamentally different model and higher sums for the compensation of abuse victims. Indirectly, the initiative now calls on Catholics to leave the church.

Strong criticism of the Catholic bishops' new model for reparations in cases of sexual abuse is voiced by the victims' initiative "Eckiger Tisch". "The church in Germany is not willing to take responsibility for its crimes and offer compensation to its victims. It only wants to pay recognition benefits and is oriented towards the perpetrators who abused," the initiative explained this Thursday in Berlin. The now announced further development of the system of recognition payments was despondent and meant a failure of the bishops.

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Orientation to tables of compensation for pain and suffering

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The Protestant churches in North Rhine-Westphalia also want to award victims of abuse individual payments in recognition of their suffering from the beginning of next year. Whether a separate study will be commissioned has yet to be decided.

A newly formed independent commission will decide on applications from victims, said the Evangelical Church of Westphalia's commissioner for dealing with violations of sexual self-determination, Church Councilor Daniela Fricke, in an online press conference on Thursday at the conclusion of the Westphalian state synod.

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There is little that Maria (name changed by the editors) has not gone through in her short life. She ran away from home, tried to take her own life several times and experienced sexual violence. But now she is happy, says the 18-year-old and takes a big sip from her coffee cup. One of the people who helped her find her new happiness was the staff at Essen's emergency sleeping center for young people. Since 2001, they have opened their doors and ears every night to up to eight homeless young people.

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