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Thursday 20 January 2022
1 – German Catholics have increasingly fewer religious burials
2 – Liturgical Warfare: “Rather than accusing each other, how about we listen?”
3 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Patriarch Pizzaballa says “dialogue is an ongoing challenge”
4 – How the Catholic world remains on the margins of Italian politics
5 – Rutilio Grande, the martyred priest whose death changed the life of St. Oscar Romero
German Catholics have increasingly fewer religious burials
A survey conducted in several dioceses in northwest Germany shows a dramatic drop in the proportion of Catholics who are buried with a Church service. In 2020, up to a third of Catholic families did not want a religious service; twice as many as 10 years ago. The reasons cited are the pandemic, the lack of priests to celebrate funerals, but also a certain disinterest or even a rejection of the Church by the Catholic community in Germany.
Kirche + Leben, German
Four important figures in the French Catholic Church published a joint letter on January 19, calling for “mutual esteem” between the Catholics who are attached to the ancient form of the liturgy and those who are not. The letter says to “take in hand” the brotherhood to which Christians are called and suggests praying for and visiting one another. The letter also calls for dialogue above all else, “rather than accusing each other of ideological presuppositions.”
“Liturgical peace in the Church cannot be achieved as long as one side continues to cast suspicion on the Mass of the other side,” the authors conclude.
La Croix, French