Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki was appointed archbishop of Berlin in 2011, and later elevated by Pope Benedict XVI to the College of Cardinals.

According to this video, Woelki’s diocese is the second largest in Germany (in terms of area); however, less than 10 percent of the population is Catholic and atheism is deeply rooted as a result of decades of Communist rule.

In order to fulfill his priority of meeting the needs of people in his diocese, he must consider social concerns such as poverty, education and politics.

Woelki does his own laundry, makes his own breakfast, and tries not to forget his “humble background.”

Video courtesy DW (English) via YouTube

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Sally Morrow

Sally Morrow

Sally Morrow joined Religion News Service in March 2012 as Photo/Multimedia Editor. She is a photographer and editor based in Kansas City, Mo. Morrow has worked as a multimedia editor and photographer at Newsday, The Des Moines Register, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

4 Comments

  1. Christopher Gainey

    Thank you for an interesting glimpse of Cardinal Woelki and the Berlin archdiocese. Our family watched this together. Yes, we really believe.

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