The goal in sight

Pastoral care area forums in the Archdiocese of Cologne concluded © Archdiocese of Cologne

It is gradually taking shape, the "target image" of the pastoral future path, especially with regard to the future parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Cologne. At the pastoral area forums, many people talked to each other.

Concepts for corona masses

A woman wearing a face mask attends a church service in Munich, Germany © Sven Hoppe

Last Friday, the Protestant and Catholic churches had already published recommendations for church services. This Monday is to be discussed further. A general framework could be in place by the end of the week.

Pope Francis celebrates service at Santa Marta chapel © Vatican Media/Romano Siciliani (KNA)

For the interfaith fast and day of prayer for the end of the pandemic, Pope Francis called in his early Mass this Thursday. His wish: "Everyone prays to God as best he can, according to each one's own culture and religion."

In the social debate about the Corona pandemic, the Erfurt bishop Ulrich Neymeyr believes that too little attention has been paid to the educational rights of children. Too late, he said, society has taken on educational institutions.

Many questions and still few answers

Corona warning app © Hauke-Christian Dittrich

The German Caritas Association has called for legal regulations on the federal government's Corona warning app, which is now available to the public. "There must be no disadvantages," says Caritas President Peter Neher.

Dream or trauma?

Children in the sandbox © Harald Oppitz (KNA)

During the lockdown, children of system-relevant parents were cared for in so-called emergency groups. Was this state of emergency a burden? Daycare center director Gaby Walter talks about her observations in an interview.

Ten percent less church tax because of corona

Money and the Church icon © Grzegorz Zdziarski (shutterstock)

Because of the Corona pandemic, the diocese of Aachen expects ten percent less church tax revenue this year. That's about 25 million euros, as the diocese announced in Aachen on Monday.

Muslims during Ramadan © Prabhat Kumar Verma

The chamfering month Ramadan can be committed in Corona times according to statement of the Islam expert Mouez Khalfaoui also at home. "In the current emergency situation, other rules apply," he emphasizes.

epd: On the evening of 23. April begins the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. Actually a time when people meet more often in the mosque and the extended family. How do Muslims celebrate the fasting month in times of Corona?

Once outside the city walls, it can now be found in the heart of downtown Cologne: St. Apostles. As a contemporary witness of Romanesque culture in Central Europe, it is now celebrating its 1000th anniversary. Cathedral chaplain Meiering on this special Cologne church.

Fighting climate change the way corona does

Drought © palidachan (shutterstock)

Urgent appeal: Jesuits from Europe and Africa have appealed to government leaders worldwide to fight climate change with the same urgency as the fight against Corona. What would suffer most would be the inhabitants of Africa.