Bishop Ulrich Neymeyer turns off the lights of Erfurt Cathedral when protesters gather to demonstrate against refugees. He talks to Deutsche Welle about the way Germany is dealing with the recent influx of refugees.
German churches used their asylum agreement with the government to protect nearly 500 people from deportation in the first quarter of 2018. The far-right AfD is currently criticizing humanitarian actions by churches.
The Hamburg archdiocese is planning to close eight of the 21 Catholic schools it runs in the northern German port city in an attempt to stop itself from falling further into debt. The news has shocked local parents.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has met with Pope Francis for the first time since becoming head of state. Among the issues discussed were refugees and the electoral success of the far-right AfD.
Alice Weidel, leader of the far-right AfD, has claimed that Germany's official churches have become too politicized. Church leaders have said that being a Christian and an AfD member are incompatible.
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