A good year after the beginning of the "Arab Spring" Archbishop Ludwig Schick visited Tunisia. On our site interview, the chairman of the Commission for the Universal Church of the German Bishops' Conference talks about the lively Catholic minority church in the country.

Interviewer: What have you found of the freedom you hoped for in Tunisia??

Schick: Hope is there. And Christians always have hope. This is also true for Christians in Tunisia. I experienced a very lively church there. A very small church that says about itself: "We are a church of foreigners for foreigners". Almost all priests and religious are not from Tunisia, but from Spain, France, England or Argentina. But they work very much, very well and very effectively. Above all, they care about the people who, as they did, immigrate to Tunisia. They are mainly black Africans from West Africa; they are a lot of students, because Tunisia is a very developed country. And many see the possibility of moving to Europe later – in order to get better living conditions there.
Interviewer: How can we imagine the life of Christians in Tunisia??

Exactly one week after the catastrophe, Duisburg will commemorate the victims of the Love Parade. The ecumenical service will be attended by high-ranking representatives from politics and the church. Meanwhile, those responsible for the city are coming under increasing prere.

The funeral service will take place at 11.00 o'clock in the Salvatorkirche in the city center instead of, how the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Hannelore Kraft (SPD) announced on Tuesday in Duesseldorf. According to the Office of the Federal President, Federal President Christian Wulff will take part in the ceremony, along with numerous relatives and friends of the dead. A spokeswoman for the German government also announced the coming of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). The service will be led by Ruhr Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck and the President of the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland (EKiR), Nikolaus Schneider.

Broadcast on big screens The Protestant Salvator Church is located in Duisburg's old town, opposite the town hall. The service will reportedly be broadcast on large screens in front of the church on Burgplatz as well as on open spaces in the inner harbor. According to the press spokesman of the Essen diocese, emergency chaplains will be on hand for mourners at the nearby Catholic Carmel Church. Here it could possibly come to an undisturbed meeting of the relatives with representatives of the politics and the churches. The organizers are currently discussing the form of the memorial service, according to the NRW State Chancellery. Minister President Kraft will speak "words of remembrance with the silent participation of the Federal President and the Federal Chancellor" following the ceremony, which will be organized by the churches.

A desperate person in a hospital bed © KieferPix (shutterstock)

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Politely, Osama Bin Laden addresses the American people: "I am going to talk about some important things that concern you. Therefore, please lend me your attention." Thus begins the head of the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda his message on the sixth anniversary of the attacks in New York and Washington on 11. September 2001. The "terror phantom" is putting on a downright "statesmanlike" act.

"We must show steadfastness in Iraq" In the video, he urges American citizens to convert to Islam if they want to end the war in Iraq. Bin Laden, unlike in the past, does not threaten attacks. US President George W. Bush promptly countered. The videotape is a reminder of how dangerous the Islamists are to the world. "We must show steadfastness in Iraq."It is the first video in three years in which bin Laden shows himself for 30 minutes with a beard dyed black. The "emir," as his followers reverentially call him, turned 50 in the spring, according to Interpol. He appears slightly battered and visibly aged in the new footage.

U.S. "on the losing track" In the video Bin Laden presents a tour d`horizon, which is politically, historically and also morally mixed. Of the U.S., he paints a picture of a nation "on the losing road. Although the Americans are militarily superior, they cannot win in Iraq despite "all moral arguments" "because in reality they are only following the interests of international corporations". The Americans would repeat in Iraq their mistakes from the Vietnam war and those of the Soviets from the Afghanistan campaign and "shirk the better judgment to give up". In his appeal to Americans to convert to Islam, Bin Laden even lists passages in the Koran in which Jesus and Mary are mentioned. CIA experts believe that bin Laden's new public appearance is primarily intended to document "that he is still the ideological leader of al-Qaeda," although the terrorist organization is no longer the "hierarchical cadre organization it was before the 11th century. September 2001 is". The terrorists now operate independently and "on their own" in many groups and cells. This has just been shown again with the new arrests of Islamists in Germany.

Signal for common departure

The Order of Malta is currently in a "transitional phase," according to its Grand Chancellor Albrecht von Boeselager. Expression for it is the election of a governor instead of a grand master for life.

Where is Egypt drifting? A year after the start of the "Arab Spring," the question seems more uncertain than ever. In the West, dealing with the large Christian minority in particular is seen as a litmus test for the success of Egypt's fight for freedom. In an interview, the Coptic Catholic Bishop of Assiut, Kyrillos Kamal William Samaan, looks to the future with great optimism.



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View inside the church of Saint Mary "St Mary's Catholic Church Dubai" © Harald Oppitz (KNA)

Youth is not only an ie in Rome. Meeting on Friday, well 1.200 Catholics in the United Arab Emirates for the third Catholic Youth Meeting. It is to be the largest meeting of Catholic young people in Arabia.

Not only the leaders of the Federal Republic of Germany commemorate the fall of the Wall 30 years ago at central commemorations in Berlin. Representatives of the churches also praise the peaceful revolution as a "work of many, who deserve thanks and recognition".

Blessed rupert mayer in poing

Church of Blessed Father Rupert Mayer in Poing © Dieter Mayr (KNA)

The parish church of Blessed Rupert Mayer in Poing has been awarded the international prize for sacred architecture. It is awarded by the Italian foundation Frate Sole and is, according to the "Munchner Merkur" with 15.000 euros endowed.

On Sunday Father Henkes is beatified in Limburg. But what does blessed actually mean and where does the word occur in the Bible? Questions for Thomas Soding, professor of the New Testament at the Ruhr University in Bochum.