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A crucifix hangs in the cathedral of Frankfurt, Germany,  (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

The Church in Norway and Germany should keep their distance from the state

The German national team lines up to meet the Pope (AP)

The meeting comes two years after Germany defeated Argentina in the World Cup final

The German national football team (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

The world champions will have a private audience during a ‘team building’ drive in Rome

Pope Francis prays during a visit to the Lutheran church in Rome last November (AP)

A leap across the great divide

Thanks to astonishing ecumenical advances, Catholics can recognise – and even give thanks for – the witness of Martin Luther

A security guard walks through an emergency shelter for refugees near Dresden (PA)

Germany’s home secretary has admitted the government ‘underestimated the role of religion’

Gabriele Kuby, 2014 (Wikipedia, Derzsi Elekes Andor)

A play depicts a family campaigner as a zombie whose eyes are poked out. This is about more than one person’s good name

Gabriele Kuby, 2014 (Wikipedia, Derzsi Elekes Andor)

The author explains why she believes her book has helped spark resistance to the ‘gender revolution’

Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder. German bishops said he was a ‘Gospel witness’ (CNS)

In a new report Germany’s bishops say the 500th anniversary of the Reformation must involve repentance on both sides

Regensburg Cathedral is seen while pedestrians cross the Gothic bridge over the Danube river  (AP)

50 Balkan migrants started camping out at Regensburg Cathedral early last month, demanding the right to stay in Germany

Cologne Cathedral is one of many churches which double as "pokestops" (CNS)

The latest gaming craze is proving an annoyance at the German Cathedral