Faith Matters: The Church Program

What people build on, what gives them support and the values they hold: For many, that is a question of faith. Every first Sunday of the month DW's monthly feature on religion gives insights into matters of faith.

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Faith Matters - The Cup and the Covenant - Wine and Catholicism


Wine cultivation is a continuous thread running through both the Jewish and Christian scriptures. No plant is mentioned more times in the Bible than the grape and its products. So it’s hardly surprising that wine is an important symbol for Christians.


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 2020-08-02  26m
 
 

Faith Matters - The Church Program


Far-right vigilantes have become a familiar sight in many German cities in recent years. They claim to be maintaining law and order, but in reality they are striking fear into the hearts of law-abiding residents.


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 2020-07-05  26m
 
 

Faith Matters - Oberammergau Passion Play - The Plague and Covid-19


The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play reaches back to the seventeenth century, when a plague known as the Black Death swept through Europe. In 1633 the residents of this Bavarian village vowed to present a play depicting the suffering and death of Jesus Christ every ten years if they were spared extinction. Oberammergau has kept its word for more than 400 years.


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 2020-06-08  26m
 
 

Faith Matters - The Female Peacemakers - 50 Years of "Religions for Peace"


Religions for Peace (RfP) is an association of women representing members of diverse religions in more than 100 countries. This independent organization is committed to mediating in religious conflicts worldwide. RfP will be fifty-years-old in 2020. The endeavors of these women is only now receiving international recognition.


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 2020-01-05  26m
 
 

Faith Matters - Helping People Help Themselves - 50 years of Kolping International


It started half a century ago with a campaign to provide vocational training for young Brazilians. Today the Catholic social services association Kolping International is a worldwide network with some 400,000 members in more than 60 countries.


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 2019-12-09  26m
 
 

Faith Matters - Silent is the Grave - The Changing Landscape of German Cemeteries


Burial sites in all cultures speak loudly of the prevailing values and beliefs of the societies that design them. Germany’s cemetery culture is unique. But it is currently changing. Many Germans are no longer choosing the time-honored cemetery for their final resting place; more and more people are seeking alternatives to the traditional family grave.


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 2019-11-03  26m
 
 

Faith Matters - ‘Sign of Solidarity’ - A Hospital Ship on the Amazon


The Papa Francisco is the best-equipped hospital ship in Brazil’s Amazon Region. She was launched in August 2019. Her mission is to serve more than 1,000 isolated communities along the world’s longest river - villages where there is no hospital and no doctor.


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 2019-10-07  26m
 
 

Faith Matters - Provost in Jerusalem - A Lutheran in the Holy Land


Emissary, pastor and director: Life in the Holy Land is a life full of tension for Wolfgang Schmidt - invigorating, but also exhausting.


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 2019-08-04  26m
 
 

Faith Matters - Martin Luther King - A Dream Changes the World


Creative Church, a German Lutheran foundation, has produced another musical for mass choirs: Martin Luther King - A Dream Changes the World. In a series of flashbacks the show sketches the life of the great American civil rights leader and Nobel laureate from the perspective of his fellow activists.


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 2019-07-07  26m
 
 

Faith Matters - The Miracle of Flores - The World’s Largest Seminary


The churches of Europe are pretty empty generally. But in Indonesia, with its mainly Muslim population, Christian seminaries are overwhelmed with applicants. On a hill in the middle of the jungle on the island of Flores lies the world’s largest seminary. More than 1000 students study at Ledalero, and at least 600 of them are candidates for the priesthood.


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 2019-05-05  26m