Germany Religion & Spirituality
Pro-BDS pastor and German Green Party figure speaks at Nazi event
German far-right says churches acting like they did ‘in Nazi era’
Persecution of Christians in the time of Communism in Russia | DW English
No place to pray
The Berlin mosque breaking Islamic taboos
"Flying Spaghetti Monster" church told no advertising
German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq
Village awaits 'arrival' of the Virgin Mary; Church bans priests from taking part
2018-03-16 20:06:29 The Virgin Mary is due to "appear" in a chapel in southern Germany on Saturday, according to the followers of a Sicilian "prophet." The Catholic Church is less convinced and has barred priests from taking part. Those who happen to be present in the southern German village of Unterflossing on Saturday afternoon might catch a glimpse of the mother of God — or her scent   Read More ...
Germany: Berlin mosque set ablaze in alleged arson attack
2018-03-11 21:30:45 to our channel! rupt.ly/subscribe People gathered outside the burnt out DITIB [Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs] Koca Sinan Camii mosque in northern Berlin on Sunday morning, after a fire broke out at the venue earlier that day. Berlin's Interior Senator Andreas Geisel visited the scene. Standing outside the mosque he said, "I can only call on people to live with each other peacefully, here in Berlin." Chair of Alliance for Innovation and Justice Haluk Yildiz maintained that this was an act of terror, rather than an arson attack. He said, "This is a terror attack on the largest Turkish community in Europe   Read More ...
Pro-BDS pastor and German Green Party figure speaks at Nazi event
2018-02-21 19:44:12 Friedrich Bode, a Protestant pastor and co-founder of the Green Party branch in Bremen, Germany, delivered a talk at a neo-Nazi party event in Karlshöfe, Lower Saxony, on Saturday.Bode supports the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign targeting the Jewish state. Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page. The church in the city-state of Bremen where Bode worked as a pastor for 18 years, subsequently barred him from appearing at future events organized by Germany’s main neo-Nazi organization – the National Democratic Party (NPD), the Christian website Domradio reported on Tuesday   Read More ...
Man nannte ihn „Maschinengewehr Gottes“ - US-Pastor Billy Graham im Alter von 99 Jahren gestorben
2018-02-21 16:46:25 Dieser Mann war eine echte Priester-Legende! Jetzt ist der US-amerikanische Baptistenpfarrer Billy Graham im Alter von 99 Jahren gestorben. Das teilte die Billy Graham Evangelistic Association am Mittwoch über einen Sprecher mit. Der Evangelist soll in seinem Leben vor mehr als 200 Millionen Menschen gepredigt haben. Außerdem habe er zwölf US-Präsidenten persönlich gekannt. Nach dem Bekanntwerden von Grahams Tod meldete sich US-Präsident Donald Trump via Twitter zu Wort: „Der großartige Billy Graham ist tot   Read More ...
Billy Graham: Einflussreicher US-Prediger ist tot
2018-02-21 15:04:15 Der einflussreiche US-Pastor Billy Graham ist im Alter von 99 Jahren gestorben. Das berichteten US-Medien unter Berufung auf Grahams Familie. Der konservative Prediger, der auch "Gottes Maschinengewehr" genannt wurde, übte über viele Jahre hinweg großen politischen Einfluss aus und war Berater mehrerer US-Präsidenten.   Read More ...
‘We are victims of our own tolerance in Europe’: German court bans mosque’s call to prayer
2018-02-05 14:03:28 A court in a small German town has banned the Muslim call to prayer from its local mosque. That's after an elderly couple complained - but not just about the   Read More ...
Court says German mosque must stop broadcasting call to prayer
2018-02-02 17:53:06 BERLIN - A mosque in northwest Germany may no longer broadcast its Friday midday call to prayer by loudspeaker for now after a local court upheld a challenge by a couple who live nearly 1 km (1,000 yards) away.The Gelsenkirchen administrative court found that the town of Oer-Erkenschwick had not assessed the local Muslim community's request properly in 2013, but a court spokesman said on Friday that this did not prevent the mosque making a new application   Read More ...
German mosque must stop broadcasting call to prayer, court finds
2018-02-02 16:49:22 BERLIN (Reuters) - A mosque in northwest Germany may no longer broadcast its Friday midday call to prayer by loudspeaker for now after a local court upheld a challenge by a couple who live nearly 1 km (1,000 yards) away. The Gelsenkirchen administrative court found that the town of Oer-Erkenschwick had not assessed the local Muslim community's request properly in 2013, but a court spokesman said on Friday that this did not prevent the mosque making a new application   Read More ...
Member of German anti-Islam party converts to Islam
2018-02-02 06:30:05 POTSDAM, Germany -- Arthur Wagner has been many things in life: a child in the Soviet Union, a migrant in Germany, a devout Christian, an alcoholic, a truck driver and a committed member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party. Earlier this month, Wagner surprised his party colleagues by announcing that he'd converted to Islam. The news raised eyebrows because Alternative for Germany takes a hard-line stance toward Islam: the party's official   Read More ...
German bishops reject pope suggestion to tweak Lord’s Prayer
2018-01-25 16:17:20 BERLIN — Roman Catholic bishops in Germany say they’ve debated Pope Francis’ suggestion to tweak the translation of the Lord’s Prayer, but will leave it unchanged. France recently changed its translation of “lead us not into temptation” to “don’t let me fall into temptation,” which Francis has suggested was better. He told Italy’s TV2000 last month that a father would never push a son into sin, and “what pushes you to temptation is Satan   Read More ...
German bishops reject pope suggestion to tweak Lord's Prayer
2018-01-25 15:13:41 BERLIN (AP) — Roman Catholic bishops in Germany say they've debated Pope Francis' suggestion to tweak the translation of the Lord's Prayer, but will leave it unchanged. France recently changed its translation of "lead us not into temptation" to "don't let me fall into temptation," which Francis has suggested was better. He told Italy's TV2000 last month that a father would never push a son into sin, and "what pushes you to temptation is Satan   Read More ...
The far-right AfD wants to ‘protect’ Germany from Islam. Now, one of its politicians has become a Muslim.
2018-01-24 21:46:56 BERLIN — As the number of refugees in Germany rose over the past three years, so did the fortunes of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, or AfD. One of its core messages was opposition to Islam's growing place in German life. “Islam does not belong to Germany,” one of its popular slogans read. Now a former high-profile party official has become a Muslim himself   Read More ...
Leading member of Germany’s far-right AfD converts to Islam, resigns
2018-01-24 18:27:13 A long-time leading member of the far-right Alternative for Germany party has resigned his post on its regional leadership after converting to Islam. The party, known by its German acronym AfD, has campaigned against what it considers the “Islamization” of Germany because of immigration and higher birth rates among the country’s Muslim population. A spokesman for AfD’s chapter in the eastern state of Brandenburg confirmed Wednesday that Arthur Wagner left the party’s regional board two weeks ago for “personal reasons   Read More ...
German far-right AfD politician converts to Islam
2018-01-24 17:35:51 A member of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, known for its anti-Muslim rhetoric, has surprised observers by converting to Islam. Arthur Wagner sat on the party's executive committee in the state of Brandenburg but recently stepped down for reasons he says are unrelated. The 48-year-old, who is still a member of the party, told one newspaper that it was a "private matter"   Read More ...
German nationalist politician converts to Islam, quits post
2018-01-24 13:16:13 A long-time member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party has resigned his post on its regional leadership after converting to Islam. The party, known by its German acronym AfD, has campaigned against what it considers the “Islamization” of Germany because of immigration and higher birth rates among the country’s Muslim population. A spokesman for AfD’s chapter in the eastern state of Brandenburg confirmed Wednesday that Arthur Wagner left the party’s regional board two weeks ago for “personal reasons   Read More ...
German nationalist politician converts to Islam, quits post
2018-01-24 11:43:32 BERLIN (AP) — A long-time member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party has resigned his post on its regional leadership after converting to Islam. The party, known by its German acronym AfD, has campaigned against what it considers the "Islamization" of Germany because of immigration and higher birth rates among the country's Muslim population. A spokesman for AfD's chapter in the eastern state of Brandenburg confirmed Wednesday that Arthur Wagner left the party's regional board two weeks ago for "personal reasons   Read More ...
German nationalist politician converts to Islam, quits post
2018-01-24 11:42:51 BERLIN – A long-time member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party has resigned his post on its regional leadership after converting to Islam. The party, known by its German acronym AfD, has campaigned against what it considers the "Islamization" of Germany because of immigration and higher birth rates among the country's Muslim population. A spokesman for AfD's chapter in the eastern state of Brandenburg confirmed Wednesday that Arthur Wagner left the party's regional board two weeks ago for "personal reasons   Read More ...
German nationalist politician converts to Islam, quits post
2018-01-24 11:36:07 BERLIN (AP) — A long-time member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party has resigned his post on its regional leadership after converting to Islam. The party, known by its German acronym AfD, has campaigned against what it considers the "Islamization" of Germany because of immigration and higher birth rates among the country's Muslim population. A spokesman for AfD's chapter in the eastern state of Brandenburg confirmed Wednesday that Arthur Wagner left the party's regional board two weeks ago for "personal reasons   Read More ...
Islam-Kritiker fordert nach Radikal-Imam-Skandal - »Der Islam braucht eine ehrliche Debatte
2018-01-07 15:01:49 Am 7. Oktober schlug ich Thesen für einen reformierten Islam an die Tür der Moschee Dar as-Salam in Berlin. Diese Wahl war kein Zufall. Dar as-Salam, der Name der Moschee, die auch als „Neuköllner Begegnungsstätte“ bekannt ist, bedeutet auf Deutsch „Das Haus des Friedens“. Jedoch gibt es bundesweit keine andere Moschee, die in der Öffentlichkeit so umstritten ist wie diese. Immer wieder geraten sie und ihr aus Tunesien stammender Imam, Mohamed Taha Sabri, in die Schlagzeilen   Read More ...
Is Egypt failing to protect its Coptic Christians? | DW Documentary
2017-12-27 06:12:30 Egypt's government has been accused of failing to protect its minority of Coptic Christians, after a successful string of attacks by Muslim Egyptians. For centuries, Christians and Muslims in Egypt have lived alongside each other. Discrimination did occur but generally this coexistence was peaceful. The Christian community today makes up just ten percent of the population. Since the 1980’s however, Christians belonging to the Coptic Orthodox Church have increasingly been the target of violence and attacks by Muslim extremists. Guirguis Fawzy is typical of the Christian community in Egypt. Middle class, successful and well networked. Guirguis lives with his family in Suhag in the Nile Valley north of Luxor where he deals in wood   Read More ...
German far-right says churches acting like they did ‘in Nazi era’
2017-12-21 18:25:20 BERLIN, Germany — Germany’s far-right AfD party fired back Thursday at criticism from church leaders charging them with taking on the same “disreputable role they played” during the Nazi era. Religious leaders have spoken out against the anti-migrant and anti-Islam Alternative for Germany party — remarks the AfD sees as collusion with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. “We now know that the official churches, whether Protestant or Catholic, are politicized through and through,” Alice Weidel, party co-chair, told weekly news magazine Focus   Read More ...
Persecution of Christians in the time of Communism in Russia | DW English
2017-11-08 00:09:56 100 years ago, Communists took power in Russia. The October Revolution in 1917 marks the start of suffering of Christians in Russia. They were persecuted and murdered. The new regime regime even converted monasteries like the Novospassky monastery in Moscow into where thousands of prisoners were tortured and shot. In this interview, Bishop Sava remembers the times of persecution and explains why Christendom is so important for Russia today. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, more than 30,000 churches were built or re-opened. Today, most Russians are confessed Christians. Miodrag Soric reports from Moscow.   Read More ...
Rohingya child refugees vulnerable in Bangladesh camps | DW English
2017-10-23 18:11:21 Nearly 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since August 2017. The UN says 400 million euros are needed to provide clean water, food, sanitation and shelter in the camps there. More than half the refugees are children. For more about the crisis go to: http://www.dw.com/en/rohingya-crisis   Read More ...
Rohingya crisis reaches Bangladesh and other world stories | DW Documentary
2017-10-09 06:12:48 Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar. Survivors of the Grenfell tower disaster in London are seeking justice. How the digital a   Read More ...
No place to pray
2017-09-22 12:14:55 Munich, Germany — The sound of Muslim prayer drifts out from the old pub onto the street, as men and women inside kneel on rugs laid down carefully minutes earlier. This is no ordinary congregation, and no ordinary place of worship. Since May, this community of liberal Muslims in Munich has been nomadic, seeking a new space to hold their Friday prayers each week   Read More ...
Exklusive Umfrage | Was die Deutschen über den Islam denken
2017-08-28 10:46:01 Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) hat sich hinter die Aussage von Altbundespräsident Christian Wulff gestellt, dass der Islam zu Deutschland gehöre. Die Bevölkerung hat die Kanzlerin davon noch *** BILDplus Inhalt ***   Read More ...
Integration of Muslims in Germany moving ahead
2017-08-24 18:08:09 BERLIN (AP) — The integration of Germany's more than 4 million Muslims is moving ahead, especially when it comes to employment and language skills, according to a study released Thursday. The Bertelsmann Foundation said in its Religion Monitor 2017 study that about 60 percent of Muslims who moved to Germany before 2010 now hold a full-time job, while 20 percent work part-time jobs — similar to ethnic Germans   Read More ...
Imam in Switzerland Urged Burning of Muslims Who Don’t Pray, Prosecutors Say
2017-08-11 17:06:18 BERLIN — The Swiss authorities have charged an imam from Ethiopia with inciting violence by calling in a sermon for local Muslims who refused to pray to be burned alive, prosecutors said on Friday. The imam was associated with the An’Nur mosque, which had become known as a hub for Islamist extremist activity. Prosecutors in Zurich said in a statement that their colleagues in Winterthur, where the mosque was located, had charged him on Aug   Read More ...
Schoolgirl, 16, who fled Germany to join ISIS faces EXECUTION in Iraq – as dramatic video shows her being dragged from jihadi lair in Mosul
2017-08-07 21:33:00 A SCHOOLGIRL who fled Germany to join ISIS faces execution after dramatic video footage emerged showing her being dragged from an ISIS lair in Mosul. Linda Wenzel, 16, looks filthy, dazed and wounded as her capture is filmed by an Iraqi soldier from the Islamic State stronghold. Footage aired on the German newspaper Bild’s website for the first time today shows the girl, dubbed the “belle of Mosul” screaming as she is put through “walk of shame”   Read More ...
The Berlin mosque breaking Islamic taboos
2017-08-07 03:03:34 With its red-brick spire and stained-glass windows, St Johannes looks like any other 19th-Century Protestant church. Go around the back, however, head up a few flights of stairs and you come to a simple white room, with shoes neatly laid out at the entrance and patterned prayer rugs folded away in a corner. That is because this is a mosque. The room is being rented from the parish, while the church remains active   Read More ...
"Flying Spaghetti Monster" church told no advertising
2017-08-02 21:30:15 BERLIN: The ant-religion Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster can be banned from advertising its services on the outskirts of town, a German state court ruled on Wednesday. The Brandenburg court rejected an appeal filed by the group, which criticises religion as intolerant and has amassed followers worldwide, against an earlier ruling last year. "The suing party can be seen as neither a religious community nor a community with a common world view," the court said in a statement   Read More ...
'Flying Spaghetti Monster' church told no advertising
2017-08-02 20:48:57 BERLIN (Reuters) - The anti-religion Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster can be banned from advertising its services on the outskirts of town, a German state court ruled on Wednesday. The Brandenburg court rejected an appeal filed by the group, which criticises religion as intolerant and has amassed followers worldwide, against an earlier ruling last year. "The suing party can be seen as neither a religious community nor a community with a common world view," the court said in a statement   Read More ...
Ted Wilson goes on mission trip with Martin Luther
2017-08-01 12:11:45 Seventh-day Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson retraced the footsteps of Martin Luther on the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in Germany and appealed to church members everywhere to carry the torch of the Reformation to the end of time. The July 6-10 tour included stops in the German cities of Erfurt (where Luther entered St. Augustine’s Monastery to become a monk in 1505), Wittenberg (where Luther is said to have nailed 95 theses to a church door in 1517), and Eisenach (where Luther, concealed in nearby Wartburg Castle, made the New Testament accessible to ordinary Germans by translating it into German in less than 11 weeks in 1521)   Read More ...
At 15, she joined ISIS after converting to Islam. Now this German teen wants to go home.
2017-07-24 20:47:01 When 15-year-old Lisa W. started to wear long-sleeved clothes early last year, it quickly struck her classmates and teachers in the sleepy eastern German town of Pulsnitz as odd. Her conversion to Islam was noticed almost immediately in a part of Germany where only 0.5 percent of the population is Muslim and where the backlash against Chancellor Angela Merkel's pro-refugee policy had been stronger than almost anywhere else in the country   Read More ...
At 15, 'Lisa W.' joined Islamic State after converting to Islam; Now German teen wants to go home
2017-07-24 20:08:53 When 15-year-old Lisa W. started to wear long-sleeved clothes early last year, it quickly struck her classmates and teachers in the sleepy eastern German town of Pulsnitz as odd. Her conversion to Islam was noticed almost immediately in a part of Germany where only 0.5 percent of the population is Muslim and where the backlash against Chancellor Angela Merkel's pro-refugee policy had been stronger than almost anywhere else in the country   Read More ...
At 15, 'Lisa W.' joined Islamic State after converting to Islam; Now German teen wants to go home
2017-07-24 20:03:40 When 15-year-old Lisa W. started to wear long-sleeved clothes early last year, it quickly struck her classmates and teachers in the sleepy eastern German town of Pulsnitz as odd. Her conversion to Islam was noticed almost immediately in a part of Germany where only 0.5 percent of the population is Muslim and where the backlash against Chancellor Angela Merkel's pro-refugee policy had been stronger than almost anywhere else in the country   Read More ...
German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq
2017-07-23 18:01:18 BERLIN (AP) — A German girl who ran away from home after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State extremists, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday. She is reported to be in good health and will be interrogated next week by Iraqi officials. The 16-year-old teenager, only identified as Linda W   Read More ...
German girl who converted to Islam found working for ISIS in Iraq
2017-07-22 20:40:42 BERLIN -- A German girl who ran away from home shortly after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic States forces, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday as authorities tried to figure out what to do with her. The 16-year-old teenager, only identified as Linda W. in line with German privacy laws, is getting consular assistance from the German Embassy in Iraq, said prosecutor Lorenz Haase from the eastern German city of Dresden   Read More ...
Missing teenage German girl who converted to Islam discovered to be in Iraq
2017-07-22 20:31:37 A German girl who ran away from home after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State extremists, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday. She is reported to be in good health and will be interrogated next week by Iraqi officials.The 16-year-old teenager, only identified as Linda W. in line with German privacy laws, is getting consular assistance from the German Embassy in Iraq, prosecutor Lorenz Haase said from the eastern German city of Dresden   Read More ...
German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq
2017-07-22 18:06:52 BERLIN (AP) — A German girl who ran away from home shortly after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic States forces, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday as authorities tried to figure out what to do with her. The 16-year-old teenager, only identified as Linda W. in line with German privacy laws, is getting consular assistance from the German Embassy in Iraq, said prosecutor Lorenz Haase from the eastern German city of Dresden   Read More ...