Many Germans hoped a German pope would bring an end to the schism between catholics and protestants that began here, centuries ago. But those hopes were dashed.
The pope has begged forgiveness from people abused by Catholic clergy in his first meeting with several survivors. Francis noted that the assaults had caused some victims to become addicted to drugs or commit suicide.
Hundreds of thousands of faithful have witnessed the historic canonization of two former popes. Pope Francis and Benedict XVI are honoring their predecessors, John XXIII and John Paul II.
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.
Churches have responded to Ukraine's crisis with prayers for peace and calls for reconciliation. The Ukrainian revolution showed a rare sign of unity among the country's religious groups.
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