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Cologne Cathedral in Germany (AP)

Official data from the German Catholic Bishops’ Conference shows that 217,716 left the Church last year

Iraqi refugees at a camp near the northern city of Erbil (CNS)

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Two police officers set up a barrier after a fire destroyed a reception centre for asylum seekers in Meissen, Germany (CNS)

Cardinal Marx has said that the attack showed ‘some groups’ were trying to ‘sow hatred’ against migrants

Cologne Cathedral (CNS)

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German bishops arrive for the opening of their plenary meeting in Freiburg (CNS)

The German Church, defined by centuries of tension with Rome, is regarded as a bastion of liberalism. But Teutonic Catholicism is much more diverse than outsiders realise

Cardinal Reinhard Marx (CNS)

German politicians will be granted a vote on a number of bills aimed at changing the law on doctor-assisted death by November

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk championed Turkish women’s education and rights (PA)

Paul Ginsborg highlights the unhealthy family environment which seemed to nurture a number of dictators

Pope Francis blesses a child as he leaves a gathering with young people in Piazza Vittorio in Turin (CNS)

The Pope spoke to a group of young people during his two-day visit to Turin

A 'Taefeli-Meedli' , a woman dressed in traditional clothes takes part at a Corpus Christi procession in the Swiss city of Appenzell. AP Photo/Keystone/Ennio Leanza

The feast day often sees church-goers dress in traditional attire as they process through the streets

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German bishops' conference (CNS)

German, Swiss and French bishops wanted to ‘enrich thinking’ about the foundations of the synod