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For its 18. Renovabis has chosen the topic "Church – Media – Public Opinion" for its 18th international congress and about 350 participants have come to Freising. Of course, media bishop Gebhard Furst is also on board.

It's another food scandal that's rocking the republic. The pesticide fipronil in hens' eggs unsettles consumers. Theologian and animal rights activist Rainer Hagencord reacts with clear words.

Interviewer: Were you surprised by the recent food scandal?

Dr. Rainer Hagencord (director of the Institute for Theological Zoology in Munster): Honestly not. Because it is an experience of the last years that food scandals appear and then mostly the policy acts or reacts in catalogs of measures. But the fundamental problem of how we treat farm animals is not being addressed. This, in my opinion, is the problem.
Interviewer: We already had dioxin in chicken meat, rotten meat and horse meat, Ehec in vegetables or antibiotics in pig fattening. The list of food scandals is seemingly endless. Don't we have to face the fact that it is the rule rather than the exception that there are things in our food that don't really belong there?
Hagencord: That's probably the obvious reaction that consumers would have to display. What has long occurred to me, somewhat cynically put, is that there probably needs to be a Fukushima in agriculture. This means that we also needed this horrific event in Japan with regard to nuclear energy, which is also highly crisis-ridden, in order to then relatively quickly question an entire system that was previously believed to be impossible and that we needed nuclear energy after all.

Nervousness in the parties is on the rise ahead of Sunday's elections to Berlin's House of Representatives. The tone of the political repartee is getting more aggressive. According to opinion polls, the interest of voters in the upcoming ballot is limited. Many capitals are still undecided whether to vote at all on Sunday – and if so, who to vote for.

Nervousness in the parties is increasing ahead of the Berlin parliamentary elections on Sunday. The tone of the political exchange becomes more aggressive. According to opinion polls, voter interest in upcoming ballot is limited. Many capitals are still undecided whether to vote at all on Sunday – and if so, who to vote for. In contrast to 2001, when the CDU was relegated to the opposition bench because of the banking scandal and a party donation affair, this time there is no sign of a change of mood in the opinion of the pollsters. Christine Richter of the Berliner Tagesspiegel reports in an interview with this site about a city in the midst of an election campaign.

Wowereit is ahead The election campaign was short and offered few highlights – except perhaps for the direct duels between Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit (SPD) and his CDU challenger, Friedbert Pfluger. The question of how the parliamentary secretary of state in the Ministry of Defense, who comes from Lower Saxony, would fare against his opponent, who had the advantage of office and home advantage on his side, was an exciting one. It's hard to get through with political messages, many campaigners complain. Yet Berlin is by no means suffering from a lack of problems: Extremely high unemployment, a weak economy and social hot spots, which are also due to failures to integrate migrants. In addition, the capital, which is in debt to the tune of around 60 billion euros, is effectively broke and is suing the Federal Constitutional Court for financial aid from the federal government and the other states.

At the culmination of his trip to Turkey, Pope Benedict XVI took. Thursday morning at an ecumenical service with Patriarch Bartholomew I. Part. Celebrations of the Orthodox Feast of St. Andrew were the highlight of the four-day visit to the Muslim-majority country. In his address, the pope vehemently advocated for Christian unity. Afterwards, the church leaders signed a joint declaration on the rapprochement of the two Christian churches.

At the Orthodox celebratory service, the pope called the division between Christians a "scandal for the world and an obstacle to the proclamation of the Gospel". Orthodox and Catholics should be animated by "fervent desire" to celebrate Eucharist together, Benedict XVI said. – So far this has not been possible. The pope did not receive communion at the Orthodox service either.Benedict XVI. Announced his intention to further reconciliation with the Orthodox Church. "I can are you that the Catholic Church is willing to do everything possible to overcome the obstacles," the pope said. The heads of the churches have to perform their tasks in different ways, he said, alluding to the theological dispute about the primacy of the Roman pope or the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. Benedict XVI emphatically confessed. on the goal of restoring "full communion between the Church of Rome and the Church of Constantinople "Europe must become aware of its Christian roots At the same time, Benedict XVI lamented. a progressive secularization in Europe. The Christian tradition is being doubted and rejected. "Faced with this fact, we are called, together with all other Christian communities, to renew Europe's awareness of its Christian roots, traditions and values and to give them new vitality," the pope stressed.He urged political leaders worldwide to recognize religious freedom as a fundamental human right. The past century has seen "courageous witnesses to the faith, both in the East and in the West," the 79-year-old said. Also in the present there are many such witnesses.

Settle dispute over papacy Like his predecessor John Paul II. invited Benedict XVI. Invited Orthodox Church to dialogue on redefining papacy. The legal supremacy claimed by the bishop of Rome is one of the central points of contention between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. Jesus had given the same task to the apostle brothers Peter and Andrew. However, this has taken on different forms.The question of the universal ministry of Peter and his successors "unfortunately gave rise to differences of opinion," said Benedict XVI. But he said he hoped to overcome it, thanks in part to the recently resumed theological dialogue. In September, a joint Vatican-Orthodox theological commission met again for the first time after years of interruption.