Normally the Catholic Church keeps a low profile during the carnival season. But now the provost of a church in Duderstadt in Lower Saxony has invited an entire carnival society to a special service.
A gunman opened fire inside a Baptist church in Texas, killing at least 26 people attending a service, including children. US President Donald Trump has said the shooting is a "mental health problem," not a gun issue.
The European Court of Justice has called on German churches to change policies requiring all employees of its charities to be Christian. It's a conflict not only between EU and national law, but within German law itself.
By refusing to hear the case, Germany's Constitutional Court has ruled that a Muslim boy must attend religion classes and services at a state-funded Catholic school. Church and state are not always separated in Germany.
They worship the same God, but the principles of their faith are different. Five hundred years after the Reformation, there are still painful divisions between Protestants and Catholics.
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