LITTERAE COMMUNIONIS •2016-2017
of texts “The Reformation in an ecumenical perspective” was published. On 1 September 2016, the Catholic Church in Germany participated in the Ecumenical World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, while from 12-21 October 2016 there was an Ecumenical Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with some members of the German Bishops’ Conference and the Evangelical Church in Germany. On 11 March 2017 in Hildesheim there was an ecumenical prayer service on the theme “Healing the memory” with the participation of the Evangelical Church and the German Bishops’ Conference. On 23 March 2017, the German Bishops’ Conference published an Ecumenical Statement to mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, while on 28 April 2017 in Kassel the Ecumenical Week for Life was opened. On 2 February 2017, Pope Francis received in audience an ecumenical Delegation from the Evangelical Church in Germany. Finally, on 9 February 2017 in Stuttgart there was a Biblical Congress with the presentation of the unified translation of the Bible and the new translation of Luther. AWARDS On 14 November 2016 the Catholic Media Award was conferred. On 11 May 2017 in Vienna, the German Bishops’ Conference Catholic Award for Children’s and Young People’s Literature was conferred, while on 20 June 2017, it was the German Bishops’ Conference Second Award against xenophobia and racism.
G E R M A N I A
MAIN ISSUES AND EVENTS Among the major issues and events in the course of the year, the following are of note: ecumenical activities marking the 500 years of the Reformation in Germany (opened on 31 October 2016 in Berlin); the participation of 16,000 young people at World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow; the issue of refugees and accommodation for asylum-seekers and the Church’s debate about offering asylum; the protection of life and – in particular – the stance of the German Bishops’ Conference in the debate on assisted suicide; the statements from the German Bishops’ Conference about terrorist attacks in Europe (especially Nice, Munich, Berlin) and the end of the Holy Year of Mercy. Among the statements of particular note: the stance of the German Bishops’ Conference taken around the G20 Summit in Hamburg, July 2017, and the stance of the German Bishops’ Conference taken in the debate and discussions of the Federal Parliament (Bundestag) on so-called “marriage for everyone”.
Published on Oct 8, 2017
Published on Oct 8, 2017
CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.