• German Parliament approves same-sex marriage

    German Parliament approves same-sex marriage

    • Jul 1, 2017

    Bishops in Germany will now intensify their efforts to promote “the vitality of the Catholic understanding of marriage” after Germany’s parliament approved same-sex marriage in a snap vote on Friday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against it.

  • Pope, Merkel find ‘harmony’ on Africa, climate change and poverty

    • Jun 17, 2017

    German Chancellor Merkel told the press that she and Pope Francis had talked about Africa during their 40-minute encounter, especially the role of the European Union in trying to promote economic development. She said the two leaders had also discussed the importance of “tearing down walls,” protecting the environment, and promoting a multilateral approach to solving global problems.

  • Pope Francis has shown he’s not afraid of women with power

    Pope Francis has shown he’s not afraid of women with power

    • Jun 15, 2017

    When Pope Francis meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday, some may be struck by the irony of the world’s most powerful woman side-by-side with the head of a Church sometimes seen as male-dominated. Yet for Francis himself, dealing with powerful women is nothing new, from his experience in Argentina to his time as pope.

  • As Merkel calls on Pope Francis, is a partnership in the works?

    As Merkel calls on Pope Francis, is a partnership in the works?

    • Jun 15, 2017

    Popes generally work hard to have good relations with politicians of all stripes, but when they find one of consequence with whom they have a special rapport, history can change. Looking around the global stage today, the best candidate for such a partner of Pope Francis may well be Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, who’s coming calling on the pontiff on Saturday.