Benedict XIV's announcement he'll be stepping down this month as pope came as a shock to people in his home country, Germany. The German government quickly expressed its respect for the resigning pontiff's work.
The latest terrorist attack in Paris could well provide more fuel for anti-Islam movements across Europe. So far, though, there does not seem to be an organized European network of anti-Islamists.
Rainer Maria Woelki is moving back to his native Cologne to serve as archbishop of Germany's largest Catholic diocese. Despite close ties to his conservative predecessor, Woelki surprised Berlin with his modern outlook.
Official ceremonies marking the fall of the Berlin Wall have come to a close. More than a million people traveled to the German capital on Sunday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the event.
Pope Francis remained true to his vision during his third foreign visit. He condemns putting economic models ahead of people's needs – and advocates reconciliation, says DW's Christoph Strack.
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