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A car drives past the residence of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst and the Catholic cathedral in Limburg (CNS)

Why the German Church is rich and arrogant

Billions of euros pour into the German hierarchy’s coffers every year thanks to the church tax. Hardly anyone goes to Mass, but it means the bishops can bully Rome

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who resigned this year (CNS)

The German Church is superbly organised, but its coercive tax is weakening the Catholic faith

After beating Roma 7-1 in a Champions League match, players from Bayern Munich visited Pope Francis at the Vatican

Venerable Servant of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/09/14

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for a meeting with altar servers in St Peter's Square on Tuesday Below: Pope Francis holds hands with youths during the meeting (CNS)

Pope Francis speaks German to thousands of young pilgrims in St Peter’s Square

Cardinal Walter Kasper (CNS)

Catholic Church invited to join commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

A Vatican flag flies beside a German flag in a gift shop in Munich (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/02/14

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

A selection of images from Paul Koudounaris’s new book, Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs

Pope Francis receives a book from Dr Nikolaus Schneider

Dr Nikolaus Schneider hopeful for joint celebration of the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Zollitsch says Germany ‘in some sense shared the honour’ of Benedict XVI being elected