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In an earlier meeting Pope Francis greets Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the German bishops' conference former president (Photo: CNS)

Francis says he hopes Year of Mercy can revive Confession and a better understanding of the Eucharist

A Church of the poor?  (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

Is the Church rich? It depends

But there is one country where the Church seems to be very wealthy

Martin Luther lived in this building in Wittenberg for most of his adult life

Scott Hendrix has written a scholarly but vivid portrait of a man living through a spiritual crisis

Pope Francis gives a thumbs up (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-SCANDAL Oct. 14, 2015.

Francis encourages young people to read the Bible, sharing his own reading habits in his prologue for the new YoutCat German Bible

Cardinal Gerhard Müller is part of the German language group (CNS)

The group provided detailed suggestions for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics who want to receive the sacraments

Archbishops and cardinals wait to enter the Vatican Synod Hall (AP)

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Refugees wait on a bridge  for their registration and transport by German police  (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Violence in camps has intensified as the country expects 800,000 people this year

Author Atul Gawande tackles our confused thinking about mortality

Death is not always ‘a terrible tragedy’

Death in old age is a natural process which we must all eventually face

Joseph Goebbels (PA)

In Nazism, Hitler’s Minister for Propaganda discovered a malign alternative religion

Allied soldiers marching to battle on the road to St Vith

Antony Beevor gives a vital historical insight into the Ardennes offensive of 1944