10 years ago, the Islamist attacks in New York and Washington shook up an entire world view, says Hamburg Auxiliary Bishop Hans-Jochen Jaschke. In an interview, Jaschke, who is responsible for interreligious dialogue at the German Bishops' Conference, talks about Christian-Muslim initiatives and new threats since "9/11".



CBA: Suffragan Bishop, one of the death pilots of the 11. September 2001, Muhammed Atta, regularly went in and out of a mosque in Hamburg's Sankt Georg district, not so far from your office…

The Bundestag debated racist violence after the Hanau attack. "Terror in Germany comes from the far right," says Markus Grubel, the federal government's commissioner for religion. The AfD bears a share of the responsibility.

Faith and reason are not contradictory – Pope Benedict XVI. Emphasized this conviction several times during his visit to Bavaria on 9. until 14. September. In the shadow of the criticism of a pas of his speech at the University of Regensburg, which was understood as Islamophobic, the optimism of this message was almost lost: Whoever faces the dialogue of modernity as a person of faith does not need to leave his religion out of it.

The dioceses have reorganized themselves The pope formulated – no matter how much the media searched for maudlin-bajuary motives in the run-up – a message for all of Germany and Europe. Like this admonition, many things during these white-blue days were typical of the state of the Catholic Church in Germany in 2006. Thus, the Pope's visit to Bavaria is part of that image of self-arance that currently characterizes the Catholic Church in Germany.The 27 dioceses still have to deal with declining financial resources and structural changes, even though the number of people leaving the church is declining. But during the past twelve months, alarming reports about dioceses on the brink of bankruptcy no longer dominated. It is gradually becoming clear how the individual dioceses want to reposition themselves.The archdiocese of Berlin, often seen as a symbol of the church's financial plight, has made progress in the consolidation process. It is fitting that the bishops now want to focus on pastoral concepts for the future at their spring plenary assembly in April.

Kirchentag and new local bishops

Protest gladly, but please not so

A day after the church service was disrupted, the Cologne Cathedral chapter announced legal action against the "Pussy Riot" supporters. On our site-Interview Domdechant Robert Kleine welcomes in principle the protest against the sentence in Russia. But in this case borders had been crossed.

Interviewer: How do you judge the incident in the Cologne Cathedral?

Msgr Kleine: It is legitimate and certainly appropriate to protest against the verdict in Russia – in public, for example in squares. But there are limits: when the right of others is curtailed.
Interviewer: How does the Archdiocese of Cologne react now?

For the eleventh time, the Muslims in Germany are inviting people to an event on 3.
October to a "day of the open mosque" one. The motto is "Mosques Bridges for a Common Future," explains the Coordinating Council of Muslims. For the first time, local congregations from all four major umbrella organizations – the Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (DITIB), the Islamic Council, the Central Council of Muslims and the Association of Islamic Cultural Centers – took part in the campaign.

The Open Mosque Day on German Unity Day is intended to "express the self-image of Muslims as part of German unity and their solidarity with the population as a whole," it said. "We hope that the encounters will become bridges of dialogue and better understanding."In a panel discussion on Monday in Cologne, leading representatives of the four umbrella organizations want to talk about the contribution mosques make to the coexistence of people.

Muslims want to use the day to show solidarity with their German society

In search of peace

Federal government wants to involve religions in peace work © Harald Oppitz (KNA)

Finland as a role model? At an event at the German Foreign Office in Berlin, Finnish representatives presented their "Forum of Religions," in which the three Abrahamic religions cooperate for the benefit of the country.

Bremen politicians against the most silent day

Dancing is forbidden on Good Friday © Jorg Loeffke (KNA)

A majority of Germans support the ban on dancing on Good Friday, according to a poll conducted last year. The states sometimes react differently – in Bremen it is particularly liberal. Criticism comes from the churches.