From protestant to cardinal

Lars Anders Arborelius, Catholic Bishop of Stockholm © Julia Rathcke (KNA)

Pope has appointed five new cardinals. One of them is Lars Anders Arborelius from Sweden. "I think this is a sign," Bishop Arborelius tells our site interview.

Advent must always have something to do with missionary work and evangelization. says Archbishop Schick. "Here with us we are to prepare the way for the Lord. In our own hearts, in our families, in our society." Advent, he said, is a time to convert ourselves and be missionaries. "Advent should strengthen our missionary spirit in the wide world. It must be every Christian’s concern that the Good News reach everywhere."


To the pers The Archbishop of Bamberg Dr. Ludwig Schick was born on 22. September 1949 born in Marburg. From his hometown of Mardorf, he attended the Stiftsschule St. Johann in Amoneburg, where he graduated from high school in 1969. He completed his philosophical-theological studies in Fulda and Wurzburg. His special interest was in New Testament exegesis. In his diploma thesis he dealt with the formal and contextual relations of 2 Cor 6:14-7:1 to the Qumran writings. After his ordination to the priesthood on 15. After graduating from the Pontifical Gregorian University in June 1975 and his chaplaincy in Neuhof, he devoted himself to further canonical studies, which he completed summa cum laude in 1980. His doctoral thesis deals with the theme "The threefold ministry of Christ and the Church". During his stay in Rome, he had been appointed by the Apostolic See as vice-rector of the Santa Maria dell’ Anima College for Priests. Since 1981, Schick has taught canon law at the Faculty of Theology in Fulda and at the Catholic Seminary at Philipps University in Marburg, and has distinguished himself in his field through numerous publications. In the diocese of Fulda Dr. Schick initially worked at the Bishop’s Office and for 15 years in further education for priests. For more than a decade he was ecumenical adviser and chairman of the ecumenical commission of the diocese, Since 1985 he has held the chair of canon law at the theological faculty of Fulda. In 1987, as an ordinariate councillor, he was also entrusted with the management of the staff unit for canon law in the Episcopal General Vicariate. In the same year he was appointed to the cathedral chapter. In 1990 he was appointed deputy vicar general. On 1. September 1995 followed the appointment as vicar general of the diocese. On 20. May 1998 Schick was appointed by Pope John Paul Il. Appointed titular bishop of Auzia (Algeria) and auxiliary bishop in Fulda, and on 12. In July of the same year, he was solemnly consecrated by Archbishop Johannes Dyba in Fulda Cathedral. "My episcopal ministry is to know Jesus Christ wholly and only. He alone is my program," he said on his consecration day. According to his heraldic motto from the 1. The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthians "Jesus Christ – wisdom given to us by God" he wants to proclaim God’s liberating message.Schick knows how to approach people and convince them with his whole personality. He is an enthusiastic and therefore inspiring pastor. Bishop Eduard Schick said to him in his greeting address after the bishop’s consecration: "You can thank God that he has given you one of the most important qualities in your natural disposition for the profession as a pastor, a pronounced ability and joy of contact. Since 1981, despite ever-increasing tasks, he has been helping in the parish of St. Kosmas and Damian in Hattenhof out in pastoral care. From 1983 to 1988, he was also in charge of the Italian Mission in Fulda and celebrated services for Italian citizens in Fulda and Stadtallendorf. Scientifically as well as practically, he has been intensively engaged in the celebration of the liturgy. In the German Bishops’ Conference, it is no coincidence that he is a member of the Pastoral Commission and was appointed there as a commissioner for men’s work and to the sub-commission on women and the church. At the meeting in Rome of 30. September to 27. Archbishop Schick was one of the synod members elected by the German Bishops’ Conference and approved by the pope at the World Synod of Bishops, which met on October 10, 2001. Schick chaired German-language working group as moderator.On 28. June 2002, Dr. Luwig Schick was appointed archbishop of Bamberg and on 21. Inaugurated in his office on September 2002. (Diocese of Bamberg)

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Catholic bishops in North Rhine-Westphalia call for participation in state election on 14. May on. In addition, the NRW bishops advocate a policy for the welfare of children and families.

In a rain cape to the pope's event

The Catholic World Youth Days have always been a colorful spectacle. This year it is also due to the sometimes rainy weather.

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Children’s charity World Vision helps worldwide through development projects. Now the organization wants to help refugee children in Germany. Project manager Corinna Blume describes the reasons in an interview on Friday.

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Sister Andre Randon, oldest Catholic nun in the world, turns 116 this Tuesday. She belongs to the Vincentian Sisters and has experienced ten popes in her life.

After several months of vacancy, the Catholic school of journalism in Germany, the "Institute for the Promotion of Young Journalists" , has a new spiritual director: Michael Broch, radio priest at SWR, on the goals of his leadership task.

CBA: Mr. Broch, with what expectations and goals will you begin your new task in April?

Broch: I look forward to the challenging work of helping to train young journalists. At the same time, it is important for me as a pastor and theologian to be a contact person in spiritual questions. And I want to be there when ethical ies are discussed in education. For example, the reporting in the current abuse scandal: This calls for ethically responsible journalism that advocates a full investigation, but at the same time respects the human dignity of all those involved in research and publication, above all keeps the victims in mind, and refrains from sweeping judgments and all-round attacks.