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.
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.
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.
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.
For the first time ever, the Vatican is staging an unusual exhibition in the Emirate of Shajah. The show is seen as a sign of openness and cooperation between religions.
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