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.
Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has taken over the Cologne archdiocese, one of the richest in the world. He is determined to spread Pope Francis' message of charity and the importance of sharing.
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.
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.
Germany still believes that diplomacy is key to solving the crisis in Ukraine. The German position isn't, however, very hopeful.
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