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(153 words)

Author(s): Brenner, Beatus
Founded in 1849 as the Bonifatiusverein, the Bonifatiuswerk is a German Roman Catholic charitable organization for pastoral care among the diaspora in Germany. With some 500,000 members, it promotes spiritual vocations, provides transportation for pastoral work, and supports the building of churches and educational centers, always in the form of help for self-help. Its work has spread to the Scandinavian countries, including Iceland. It also promotes interdenominational dialogue, helped to found the J…


(25,084 words)

Author(s): Hauschild, Wolf-Dieter | Brenner, Beatus | Dehn, Ulrich | Pollack, Detlef
[German Version] I. General – II. Church History and Denominations – III. Non-Christian Religions – IV. Society, Culture, Religion, and the Churches in the Present I. General 1. Name The term Germany ( Deutschland) has been shaped by the history of the area it denotes. From the beginnings until 1945 it was closely associated with the German or Holy Roman Empire, so that it underwent many transformations. Since 1949 it has referred primarily to the Federal Republic of Germany, which since the joining of the German Democratic…