China (47% convinced atheists)│ Japan (31% convinced atheists)│ Czech Republic (30% convinced atheists)│ France (29% convinced atheists)│ South Korea (15% convinced atheists)│ Source: Gallup
The pope has removed the head of church doctrine, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, from his post. A devoted protege of ex-Pope Benedict, Müller appeared to disagree with some of the pope's Church reforms.
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.
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.
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