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Radio Vatican: Unpredictable Pope Challenges Journalists

Radio Vatican: Unpredictable Pope Challenges Journalists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2013

Each day, Radio Vatican translates the pope's words into 44 languages. The station's staff of 400 are some of the best and brightest from some 60 countries. But Pope Francis is very unpredictable, making a tough job even harder. By Fiona Ehlers in Rome more...

French Philosopher Finkielkraut: 'There Is a Clash of Civilizations'

French Philosopher Finkielkraut: 'There Is a Clash of Civilizations'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 06, 2013

French society is under threat, argues philosopher Alain Finkielkraut in a controversial new book. The conservative spoke to SPIEGEL about what he sees as the failure of multiculturalism and the need for better integration of Muslim immigrants. Interview Conducted by Mathieu von Rohr and Romain Leick more... Comment ]

Waning Numbers: Germany to Suspend Monitoring of Scientology

Waning Numbers: Germany to Suspend Monitoring of Scientology

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2013

Germany's domestic security agency has reportedly decided to suspend monitoring of the controversial Scientology organization in the country. The decision, part of wider reforms, has led to criticism by some states. more... Comment ]

Modern Missionaries: Shrinking Catholic Church Imports Priests

Modern Missionaries: Shrinking Catholic Church Imports Priests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2013

Faced with a shortage of priests, the Catholic Church in Germany is recruiting an increasing number of preachers from abroad like Benjamine Gaspar, who hails from India and now holds sermons at a church in the town of Bocholt. By Simone Salden more... Comment ]

Case Closed: Court Stops Proceedings Against 'Bishop Bling'

Case Closed: Court Stops Proceedings Against 'Bishop Bling'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

Proceedings against Germany's controversial bishop of Limburg were dropped on Monday after a settlement was reached. The embattled Catholic cleric, who has come under fire for his lavish lifestyle, was accused of making false statements in court documents. more... Comment ]

EU Study: Jews in Germany Fear Rising Anti-Semitism

EU Study: Jews in Germany Fear Rising Anti-Semitism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2013

A vast survey conducted by the EU's Agency for Fundamental Rights and published Friday contains troubling results almost exactly 75 years after Kristallnacht: Jews in Germany and seven other EU countries continue to live in fear of verbal or physical abuse -- whether in public or, increasingly, online. By Barbara Hans more... Comment ]

Where Allah Rocks: Indonesia's Tolerant Take on Islam

Where Allah Rocks: Indonesia's Tolerant Take on Islam

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2013

The Southeast Asian island nation of Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population, which practices an open-minded, gentle version of Islam in urban areas. But elsewhere Islamists are beginning to encroach. By Erich Follath more... Comment ]

The Penitant Warlord: Atoning for 20,000 War Crimes

The Penitant Warlord: Atoning for 20,000 War Crimes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2013

For years, Joshua Milton Blahyi, better known as General Butt Naked, was one of Liberia's most feared warlords. Then he became a pastor. Today he visits the families of his victims to seek forgiveness for his sins. By Jonathan Stock more... Comment ]

Holy Logic: Computer Scientists 'Prove' God Exists

Holy Logic: Computer Scientists 'Prove' God Exists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2013

Two scientists have formalized a theorem regarding the existence of God penned by mathematician Kurt Gödel. But the God angle is somewhat of a red herring -- the real step forward is the example it sets of how computers can make scientific progress simpler. By David Knight more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: Bishop Scandal 'A Major Burden for Catholics'

World from Berlin: Bishop Scandal 'A Major Burden for Catholics'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2013

The scandal surrounding a German bishop's lavish spending continues to grow in Germany, as Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst awaits an audience with the pope in Rome. German editorialists say the affair could be a turning point for the Catholic Church here. more... Comment ]