Packed backpacks

The countdown is on: Only 12 days to go until the Katholikentag in Mannheim. More than 60.000 Christians from all over Germany will come to over 1.200 events expected. For weeks now, bright red, giant backpacks in Mannheim's city center have been attracting attention to the huge event. our site is still looking for this site on its Facebook ambassadors for Mannheim.

The major themes of the 98th. The major themes of the 98th German Catholic Congress have long since been decided: a departure for internal church reforms, a departure for social debates on climate change, demographics and the European debt crisis. The Christian meeting will be hosted by the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK) and Robert Zollitsch, who is also chairman of the German Bishops' Conference and Archbishop of Freiburg. He initiated the dialog process on the future of the church. Keywords hot abuse crisis, priest shortage, falling numbers of Catholics. It's fermenting at the grassroots. Zollitsch relies on genuine dialogue, fair exchange and honest assessment of the situation. One problem, however, is that the dialogue process is associated with many and very different expectations.

Christina Cherry
From practical help to 'victim recovery work'

Matthias Katsch © Julia Steinbrecht (KNA)

It's about travel reimbursement, safe communication – but also therapy and counseling: abuse expert Matthias Katsch wants more of it from the church. He also has greater expectations of politics.

The self-help work of those affected by acts of abuse must be strengthened, according to Matthias Katsch, spokesman for the "Eckiger Tisch" victims' initiative. Bodies such as victim advisory boards are not enough if those should become "actors of their fate," he writes in a guest article in the "Zeit" supplement "Christ Welt" (Thursday). "This is necessary so that they can make an appropriate contribution in Aufarbeitungskommissionen, in advisory boards and research projects."

Christina Cherry
For banishment to the south seas?

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke (l.) next to Pope Francis © Paul Haring (KNA)

Cardinal Burke in the South Seas – this news caused a surprise. Why should just he, who is considered a critic of the pope, investigate abuse cases on Guam?? Is this mission banishment or distinction?

In earlier times, potentates liked to send inconvenient opponents into exile on distant islands. Not only in the age of the Internet and Twitter do spatial distances hardly matter anymore. And in order to push actual or alleged adversaries to the siding, there are more effective means than a permanent stay in the South Seas.

Christina Cherry

A good three-week synod of bishops on youth ends at the Vatican on Sunday. One of the German synod participants, Auxiliary Bishop Johannes Wubbe of Osnabruck, talks in an interview about abuse and accompaniment, dialogue with human sciences and the courage to try new things.

CBA: Auxiliary bishop, synod means "going together and towards each other". Everyone has to move for this. In which point have you changed your attitude or view as a youth pastor for many years?

Johannes Wubbe (auxiliary bishop in the Osnabruck diocese): I was moved because I experienced the universal church. I was encouraged in what I had always done as a youth pastor and later as a parish pastor: talking to people and developing things with them. What will continue to move me are the many experiences of people on the run or those who tell how life as a Christian can be connected with danger to life.

Christina Cherry

It is with dismay that the Uelzen congregation of St. Peter's in the Rhineland. Petri, the news has been received that the trial against Marco W. in Turkey was postponed on Friday. According to media reports, the 17-year-old from Uelzen remains in custody in Antalya. The trial is not expected to begin until 8.
August to be continued.

"Interference in legal matters is far from our minds" "We are all very disappointed," church board chairman Hubertus Forstel said Friday.Earlier, in Uelzen, Lower Saxony, about one hundred people prayed in an intercessory service for the young man imprisoned in Turkey and his family. "Many people in our congregation and in our city know Marco well," said Pastor Susanne Holsing in the St.-Petri Church, where the teenager was confirmed, on Thursday evening. "Interference in legal or political ies is far from all of us," the pastor said during the service. It is a matter of intercession, he said. Marco knows about it and is thankful for the sympathy.The head of the Uelzen Protestant Family Education Center, Thomas Garbers, prayed for Marco's family and for "good thoughts" from decision-makers in Turkey, so that justice would be done for all involved. According to Marco's parents, they have been involved in the educational institution and the church congregation for years.In the sanctuary of the church, visitors lit candles and said personal prayers for the teenager, who has been in prison for twelve weeks. Due to the great media interest, the church council of St.-St. Peter's congregation prohibited from recording images and sound in the church before and during services. The devotion should offer a protected framework, it was said. The collection in the service goes to Marco's family, which has to bear high travel and legal costs. Marco W. Remains in U-Ha until August after trial adjournment The trial of 17-year-old Marco W. from Uelzen in the Turkish Antalya was adjourned on Friday. The next trial date has been set for August 8, according to media reports. August, it was said. Until then, given the complexity of the case, medical records would have to continue to be collected. Marco W. must therefore remain in pre-trial detention. The court has refused to release him, even on bail, because of the risk of flight.The student must stand trial on charges of sexually abusing a 13-year-old British girl. Marco W. was on 12. He was arrested in the Turkish resort of Side on April 1 after the girl's parents filed a complaint against him. Since then he has been in custody.The Uelzen lawyer of Marco's family, Juergen Schmidt, will not comment on the latest developments in the case until this afternoon, it was said from his office. Criticism from Berlin in the run-up Marco W. Admits to flirting and smooching with the girl he met at a disco in the tourist resort of Side. However, she had pretended to be a 15-year-old to him. The English woman, on the other hand, claims he sexually harassed her while she slept. But he had not raped her.Marco W. shares a cell with 30 other prisoners in the Antalya remand prison. The conditions of imprisonment had been heavily criticized from the German side in the run-up to the trial. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) had intervened in the case. Last week, the Turkish judiciary had imposed a news blackout in the case.

Christina Cherry
At the end the question: if god exists...

Valerie and the priest © Michael Bonte (private)

Journalist Valerie Schonian accompanied chaplain Franziskus von Boeselager in his everyday pastoral care for a year. First a blog emerged from the project of the Catholic Church. Now she has written a book about it.

For one year, the young Berlin journalist Valerie Schonian accompanied the Munster chaplain Franziskus von Boeselager in his work in the parish. She published her shared experiences and conversations in the highly regarded Internet blog "".

Christina Cherry
Struggle for ring exchange

Dissension in the Anglican Church over "gay marriage © N.N.

Disagreement in the Anglican Church on how to deal with "gay marriage": The leaders of the 39 church provinces worldwide have decided on sanctions against the Episcopal Church in Scotland in protest against same-sex marriages.

According to British media reports, the decision was already made on Tuesday at the world meeting of the heads of church provinces in Canterbury, England. The Episcopal Church in Scotland had voted in June this year to introduce church weddings for same-sex couples and last month performed a first marriage ceremony of homosexual partners.

Christina Cherry
Wanderlust and a new horizon

Wanderlust: Vacation in nature © Sata Production (shutterstock)

Sometimes two days are enough, sometimes it has to be three weeks. Getting out, broadening horizons – for many, vacation is the best time of the year. Yet the nature of travel is constantly changing.

Summer weather brings vacation feelings: As temperatures rise, so does the longing for fresh sea breezes, clear mountain air or secluded walks in the woods.

For today's employees, vacation is a part of life – and is always a topic of sociopolitical debate, for example, when it comes to availability on days off. Tourism in its current form is a fairly modern phenomenon: the term was first coined by French author Stendhal in 1846.

Christina Cherry

Experts warn in case of German student Marco W, detained in Turkey on suspicion of sexual abuse. from exaggerated criticism of the country's judicial system. The German-Turkish travel entrepreneur and SPD MEP Vural oger criticized the behavior of top German politicians on Wednesday. Silvia Tellenbach, a Turkey expert at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, said the action taken against the student did not represent a worse treatment of a foreign youth. The "Bild" newspaper quoted from the statement of the 13-year-old British girl, whose mother filed charges against the Marco W. had filed.

Christina Cherry
Protecting the 'invisible' children in africa

Many children in Africa are not registered © Wolfgang Radtke (KNA)

In many African countries there are countless "invisible citizens", most of them minors, who have no access to basic rights because they are not registered. According to Sant'Egidio, they are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking.

Millions of people officially "do not exist" and are therefore exposed to great dangers: Recruitment as child soldiers, victims of slave labor, sexual abuse, organ trafficking and child labor. There is also the widespread problem of "child brides".

Christina Cherry