- Jul 29, 2021
With hundreds dead or missing and billions of dollars with of damage done in Germany as a result of recent flash flooding, one organization assisting in relief efforts has said the situation on the ground is more like a warzone than a natural disaster.
German Catholic churches offered spiritual and financial support to survivors of devastating flooding in two regions of the country.
Emergency response and aid efforts were running in high gear after severe flooding in western and southwestern Germany toppled buildings, washed away vehicles and left at least 100 people dead.
The leading contender to succeed Angela Merkel as Germany’s chancellor pledged Sunday to emphasize diversity during the election campaign and in the country’s next government if he wins in September.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, urged German Catholics to put aside visions and individual needs, noting, “the community must take precedence.”
The German city of Wuerzburg on Sunday held a memorial service for the victims of a brutal knife attack that left three women dead, while questions about the possible motive of the assailant remained unanswered.
The president of the German bishops’ conference said he personally assured Pope Francis that the Catholic Church in Germany does not want “to go its own way.”
The Archdiocese of Berlin announced that it was temporarily suspending the work of its expert commission established to follow up on a legal report about sexual abuse in the archdiocese since 1946.