Especially in the abuse scandal we need the saints!

The abuse scandal has shown the ugly face of the church. But the church also has a very nice side, says Prelate Günter Assenmacher. The saints help us to discover them, he writes in the point of view. All Saints Day . A day that has become even more personal since 1992, than it already …

Found bones of the oldest saints in Austria?

For years it was not clear to which person the bones found in 1991 under the altar of a church in southern Carinthia belonged. Now there is an exciting suspicion: is it the corpse of the oldest saint of Austria? Researchers from the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) may have succeeded in identifying the bones …

Training as a substitute saint: How to become certified Nikolaus

A Nikolaus visit in his childhood catholic.de editor Matthias Altmann so scared that he has to nibble on it today. Now he has faced his fear and let himself train for Santa Claus. As I make my way to Cologne on a rainy Saturday morning in mid-November, I must inevitably think of that fateful Christmas …

Palm Sunday: joy and sorrow

Palm Sunday begins Holy Week. Probably on no other day in the church year are joy and suffering as close together as here. Katholisch.de explains liturgy and customs on Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday has the beginning and the end in it. During the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus is celebrated like a king. A miraculous, …

Means of communication of the grace of God

Catholics accompany their sacraments from the cradle to the grave – or from baptism to the Anointing of the Sick. But what is a sacrament anyway? And how did they come about? The term “sacrament” goes back to the Latin word “sacramentum” and in ancient times referred to the oath of allegiance of Roman legionnaires. …

Sacraments: Sign of the love of God

The Catholic Church knows seven sacraments. In them the believers meet Jesus Christ. He fulfills his salvation. Katholisch.de introduces her.   Sacraments are visible signs of an invisible reality. In the individual sacraments, the sacramental nature of the Church unfolds into the concrete situations of human life. Christ meets people and fulfills their salvation. The …

Do godfathers know their important task?

You must be good Christians and ready to assist the baptized in his life as a Christian: That’s what the catechism says about godparents. So a significant task – is aspiring godparents aware of this? “You shall become a godfather.” Hardly anyone will reject this wish of young parents. For many chosen ones – whether …

The ten most beautiful sayings on baptism

I will bless you and be a blessing (Gen 12,2) God speaks this sentence to Abraham at an important station of his life. He wants Abraham to set out, leave his homeland and move to another country, which he will show him. It takes a lot of courage. God promises Abraham his blessing and protection …