The Christian cross will remain in Austrian court rooms, government ministers have said, despite a new program of policies which says that state representatives must “present themselves as religiously neutral”.
The decision on whether divorced and remarried Catholics can receive the Eucharist will be decided on an individual basis, German bishops have said. However, not all agree.
Police have confiscated tens of thousands of copies of a banned version of the Koran that came under fire for promoting religious hatred. Now the authorities must decide what to do with them.
Germany’s Protestant and Catholic churches on Monday criticized the high level of German weapons exports and called for a revision of laws governing the approval of deliveries to other countries.
A Palestinian woman is to be the Berlin senate’s secretary of state for coordinating federal and state affairs, but attention has focused on her recent remarks in support of Sharia law.
Voters in and around Switzerland’s biggest city will soon decide on whether to define marriage in the constitution as between a man and a woman only.
Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz said that the law needs to be changed to crack down on “Salafist campaigns – an expression of political Islam which we can no longer tolerate”.
The government has stepped up pressure on the “True Religion” Salafist group. A Cologne-based, Palestinian-born Salafist preacher and businessman, is one of the group’s leading figures.
As Christians prepare to mark the anniversary, Pope Francis said they should feel “pain for the division that still exists among us, but also joy for the brotherhood we have already rediscovered.”
Austrian churches denounced far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer for “instrumentalizing” God in a new slogan as he seeks to rally support ahead of an election re-run.