Protests from those affected

Disabled people should be better off… © Patrick Seeger

Protests from those affected

…so plans it Federal Minister of Labor Andrea Nahles © dpa

The reform of everyday assistance for disabled people is one of the coalition's larger social policy projects. Despite numerous improvements, associations for the disabled also fear new restrictions.

Unlike young Turks or Poles, only a minority of German youth describe themselves as religious. According to a study by the Department of Religious Education at the University of Wurzburg, 23 percent of young Germans come from a religious home and consider themselves religious. Among Turks, the proportion is 81 percent, among Poles 80 percent. Listen to the head of the study, Professor Hans-Georg Ziebertz, in the this site interview.

Wurzburg religious educator Hans-Georg Ziebertz has 10.000 young people in Europe surveyed. According to the study, young people from traditionally Christian countries such as Poland, Croatia and Ireland are the most religious. Young people from Protestant countries such as Finland and Sweden, on the other hand, were among the less religious, as were Germans, British and Dutch.

"Faith and values of parents"

Women sit in front of destroyed rectory © Harald Oppitz (KNA)

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, attacks on Catholic houses of worship and institutions are on the rise. In mid-February, for example, unknown persons set fire to a wing of the Malole seminary, among others.

In today's noisy and hectic world, the pope says quiet and gathering are more important than ever. With regard to the Feast of Corpus Christi, which in Italy was celebrated on Sunday, Benedict XVI welcomed the fact that the feast was celebrated on Sunday., when young people in particular are discovering for themselves the value and beauty of Eucharistic adoration. In his address in St. Peter's Square, he expressly emphasized the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

Today it is more important than ever to "rediscover the capacity for inner silence and collection," the head of the church told tens of thousands of visitors in St. Peter's Square. Priests and pastors called Benedict XVI. on encouraging young people in this form of worship and meditation.Corpus Christi has been the Catholic "Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ" since the High Middle Ages. According to Catholic doctrine, Jesus Christ is present in the sacrament of the Eucharist. At Corpus Christi, this presence is celebrated in a special way; as a visible sign, the Eucharistic bread – the host – is carried through the streets in a monstrance. In Italy, for reasons of work, the feast is not celebrated on Thursday, as is usually the case, but only on the following Sunday.

Pope concerned about rising number of kidnappings

A 'break' in the life of cheerful games

The terror of the "Black September" brought the brutal break. Eleven Israeli athletes and a policeman were killed in the 1972 Olympic bombing in Munich. Now a new memorial commemorates the victims.

Kicking for the right to stay

Trainer Gabriele Kroger © dpa

Kicking for the right to stay

Coach Melanie Stolling © dpa

In Hamburg, the FC Lampedusa has formed – a soccer team of African refugees. The men sweat on the ashtray of a bouncers' club. And coached by the coach of a women's soccer team.

The pastoral theologian Rainer Bucher from Graz has presented an analysis of "Hitler's theology". This theology is "intellectually crude, its racism pathetic, its God a monster," he said in an interview with the Catholic News Agency (KNA) in Bonn on Wednesday. But this concept of the dictator had "become effective in a fatal way". That is why researchers must analyze them today.

The 230-page work of the Catholic theologian has just been published under the title "Hitler's Theology" by Echter Verlag in Wurzburg. In it, he examines writings and speeches of the dictator from the beginning to his death. According to the author, the texts show "that Hitler's merciless God is the opposite of the God of Jesus. It is a merciless God, to whom one had to prove oneself worthy by belonging to the master people. No theology that wants to be 'in the world today' can get around this challenge."Hitler used theological categories such as God, faith and providence to justify his actions," the scientist says. The annihilation of Judaism was for him the restoration of a violated divine order, he said. A sentence from "Mein Kampf" expresses this most brutally, according to Bucher. It read: "By resisting the Jew, I fight for the work of the Lord".According to the author, Hitler respected the Christian churches as "successful worldview institutions". He admired them as organizations, Bucher said, "that represented a firm faith and, from his point of view, attempted comprehensive access to people". He wanted to fight this "claim to totality" of Christianity and also of Judaism. According to the author, Hitler saw the contents of the churches as outdated beliefs that science would refute.In the book, the researcher also deals with Catholic theologians such as Karl Adam, Joseph Lortz and Michael Schmaus, who were "fascinated" by Hitler's theological statements during the Nazi era. They themselves later "rather did not" come to terms with it. In the meantime, however, science has begun to. The reason for the enthusiasm, according to the Graz researcher, was the desire for church reform. "They criticized the statics of the church." That is why she was fascinated by the combination of "dynamism and taming of the individual" that National Socialism promised.

The interview in the wordingKNA: Professor Bucher, Hitler was not a theologian. How can one write a book about his "theology" there?

In the coming months, the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn will be focusing on Europe at the time of the migration of peoples. The exhibition "Rome and the Barbarians", which begins on Thursday, takes a look at the period from 4. to 6. The exhibition is dedicated to the Germanic peoples and tribes of the sixteenth century and commemorates the period in which the Germanic peoples and tribes, who were called barbarians by the Romans, flooded the borders of the Roman Empire and led to the deposition of the last Western Roman Emperor Romulus Augustulus in 476.

Emblem of the Porsche automotive group © shutterstock

German luxury carmaker Porsche and Italy's Caritas have launched a joint Corona initiative. According to Italian media reports, for each to 10. August in Italy sold Porsche 1.000 euros flow into Caritas projects.

Will it be a success story?

Armin Laschet © Guido Kirchner

The election of Armin Laschet as the new chairman of the CDU should also be good for the church. Laschet refers to the Christian image of man as the basis of politics, although with a different emphasis than his competitors.