In the Netherlands, the trade in church antiques and artifacts is flourishing. As church membership declines nationwide, more and more monasteries and cathedrals are closing. Their treasures are being snapped up by customers from around the world.
Different bosses, different rights: whether Germans are allowed to strike for better working conditions depends on if they work for a private employer, the church or the state. And that's just one of the rules.
Five centuries ago, Martin Luther reformed the Christian church to prevent the marketing of religion. But in Africa, the debate over blending God and money is a very timely one.
Germany's next president need not be a Christian as has been tradition, German President Joachim Gauck has said. The former Lutheran pastor doesn't rule out the possibility of a Muslim or an atheist holding the post.
The largest church in Saint Petersburg, Saint Isaac's Cathedral, is to be transferred from Russia's museum holdings into the hands of the Orthodox Church. The decision has caused protests and is not an isolated case.
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