May 12th, 2010
12:17 PM ET

Police: 2 arrests amid hijacking fear at Berlin airport

Two Russian-speaking men were arrested at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, after a witness overheard a "suspicious conversation" between them suggesting that a flight might be hijacked, police told CNN.

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May 8th, 2010
07:17 AM ET

German bishop resigns

The pope has accepted the resignation of a German bishop who had offered to step down last month after he was accused of hitting children in his care and misusing money donated to an orphanage.

A statement from the Vatican on Saturday confirmed the resignation of Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg. In accepting the resignation, the Vatican cited a section of canon law that allows clergy to resign "because of illness or some other grave reason" or if they have "become unsuited for the fulfillment of his office."

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April 24th, 2010
08:39 PM ET

Former Nazi dies at Chilean prison hospital

Paul Schaefer, a former Nazi who fled Germany in 1961 and founded a cult-like commune in Chile, died Saturday in a prison hospital.

He was 88.

Schaefer was serving a 20-year sentence at the national penitentiary in Santiago for sexually abusing children at the notorious commune known as Colonia Dignidad. FULL POST

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April 4th, 2010
03:17 PM ET

Broomstick-wielding attacker disrupts German Easter Mass

A broomstick-wielding former mental patient charged the altar at a Roman Catholic cathedral in Munster, Germany, on Sunday, knocking the church's Easter candle to the ground before the congregation subdued him, police said. FULL POST

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April 2nd, 2010
07:59 AM ET

German archbishop expresses 'shame' over abuse

The head of the Catholic Church in Germany expressed "sadness, horror and shame" Friday that children were abused by priests and church officials, and called for Good Friday to be "a new start that we all so urgently need."

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March 26th, 2010
08:46 AM ET

German archdiocese disputes pope story

The Catholic archdiocese in Munich, Germany, strongly denied a report Friday that said Pope Benedict XVI was aware that a priest convicted of abusing minors had returned to pastoral work.

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