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More than half a million people leave the church

More than half a million people leave the church

More and more people are leaving the church in germany – last year, more than half a million people did so. Among the catholics, 272.771 people back the church, 26 percent more than in 2018. A spokeswoman confirmed that this was the highest number ever.

Among the protestants there were about 270.000 people left the church, about 22 percent more than in the previous year. The figure was a rounded-up projection and was allowed to end up just below the previous high mark, a spokesman explained.

There are now 22.6 million catholics and 20.7 million protestants in germany. The figures were announced on friday by the german bishops’ conference (DBK) in bonn and the protestant church in germany (EKD) in hanover.

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And minka still understands: cats can recognize their names

And minka still understands: cats can recognize their names

When minka is called, minka comes too. At least when there is a treat or a cuddle session with the master or mistress to dust off and she just feels like it.

Even if house tigers have a mind of their own: it is a foregone conclusion for their owners that cats recognize and react to their names. So far, however, scientific proofs were missing. Japanese researchers now present their findings.

Domestic cats (felis silvestris catus) can actually hear their name from other words. This is what atsuko saito from sophia university in tokyo and his team write in the scientific reports magazine. It is the first experimental evidence that cats can understand verbal commands from humans.

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Spontaneously with the dress into the water

Spontaneously with the dress into the water

"I jump into the water even with my clothes on", suggest christina barnickel at the photo shoot. The 20-year-old stands with her feet in the fountain in front of the staffelstein obermain thermal baths. With small steps the queen of the thermal springs candidate walks through the cool glow of the fountain. A few drops of water splash her pink summer dress. Christina laughs and shuffles her wet hair.

The idea to run for queen came from her friend zwanie. Together with her boyfriend tom, christina has been living in a shared apartment in lichtenfels for a few weeks. Zwanie found out about the queen election during a trip to staffelsteiner therme. "At first they wanted to sign me up secretly, but then I got it out", christina remembers. Her friend replied: "chrissy, the criteria fit you exactly. You absolutely have to join in."
So christina applied – and her friends are rooting for her. They even set up their own facebook fan page: "chrissy for thermenkonigin". The friends do a lot together: they go to rock concerts and the cinema, or relax in the spa.
The wet gradually penetrates christina's dress, but she poses – completely unimpressed by the weight of the dripping dress. "I am spontaneous, says the woman from lichtenfels and tosses her brown shoulder-length hair, which she wears as a side parting, back into her neck. She laughs into the camera.

Flexible and always on the move

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Nordhalben organist horst wunder has been “the reliability in person” for 40 years

Nordhalben organist horst wunder has been 'the reliability in person' for 40 years

Horst wunder is dependability in person and always arranges his routines in such a way that he is always there at the services, said pastor richard reis when he honored the organist for 40 years of service in the parish church of st. Bartholomaus in north halben honored. Four decades of church music is a long time, during which many things have also changed.

On behalf of the church administration, the parish council and the church music working group, church administrator georg simon thanked horst wunder for his many years of organizing the church.

Examination passed

The honored had received piano and organ lessons during his school years in bamberg. After he had accompanied the church singing on the organ in various school homes, he also passed the examination for the church music service of the catholic church at the pedagogical college in bamberg in the course of his first teaching examination.

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Out for steakhouse in falkendorf

Out for steakhouse in falkendorf

"Continuation was no longer justifiable for economic reasons." As succinctly stated in a press release from "bockels grill& steak restaurant at the post office on the end of the pub. To 1. October the business operation was discontinued.

The next sentence reveals a bit more: "the small town is losing a renowned restaurant that is well known beyond the borders of the district". And in a press interview, the couple andreas and chantal bockel revealed: "this step was very difficult for us." But in the end they saw no possibility of maintaining the catering business. The "experiment steakhouse has failed.

On 11. November 2011 the former cake chef of the herzogenaurach hotel herzogspark, andreas bockel, had opened his own restaurant in the center of falkendorf. He was a tenant in the house, which had been used as a restaurant for many years and had been bought at auction by hans birnbaum from erlangen shortly before. An exclusive steakhouse, garnished with regional cuisine – that was the concept. It didn't work out, at least not the way the chef had hoped. Therefore andreas bockel had to file for insolvency.

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Speed limit is simply ignored in herreth

Controls are simply too rare there, was the common tenor. Even more intensive are the conditions in the traffic-calmed "muhl acker" street, where out of 200 vehicles more than a quarter were driving the "walking speed" ignored. One driver even had a speed of 50 on the speedometer. Mayor werner thomas (SPD) promised to discuss the matter briefly with the police traffic officer and to press for improvements.

Further brought the topic "dog and cat excrement" the participants’ tempers flare. Even the idea of levying a municipal tax, which had been conjured up years ago, was revived because horses also trample wet meadows and field paths and, on top of that, leave behind raisins. The mayor said: "but among them there are a lot of "hikers, which are difficult to locate."

Another request was that, before each burial, an employee of the administration should make sure that the grave dug was exactly in the alignment of other graves already there; when a member of the council present described this request as clearly excessive, an interjection read: "that’s what we elected you for, isn’t it?!"

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The battle for second place: raikkonen takes time out

The battle for second place: raikkonen takes time out

This time, kimi raikkonen left everyone alone in abu dhabi for the time being. The finnish formula 1 driver simply stayed away from the track. Not for the first time this season.

Already in belgium, he had danced the usual media rounds. At that time it was about his future. But indisposition prevented his appearance at the track a day before the training rounds. This time, probing questions had awaited him after the verbal duel with lotus race director alane permane.

So is raikkonen – still. He will hardly be able to afford such things in the coming season when he drives for ferrari again. And that with fernando alonso. "Humanly, i can’t say anything about him because i don’t know him well enough personally," the 32-year-old spaniard stressed on thursday. "As a driver, he is a rough champion and very, very fast."

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Man united’s longing for the title remains

Man united's longing for the title remains

Aspirations and reality still don’t match up at manchester united. The unfortunate semi-final exit from the european league against sevilla FC is typical of the season of the former title holders, who failed to reach the semi-finals for the third time this year.

Coach ole gunnar solskjaer’s team did many things right against the spanish european league experts, but lacked efficiency and cleverness at the decisive moments. For the first time since 2015, the finals of the europe league and champions league will be played without any english teams.

Last season, liverpool, tottenham, chelsea and arsenal made the finals a pure premier league event. One day after local rivals manchester city lost in the royal league quarterfinals, the 2019/20 european cup chapter also ended for the last representative from the island on late sunday evening in poland.

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Company anniversary: 25 years of arc.grun in kitzingen

Company anniversary: 25 years of arc.grun in kitzingen

The office for landscape and urban planning arc.Grun celebrated its 25th anniversary in kitzingen these days. From a one-man operation, the planning consortium developed into a 30-employee company that is now one of the largest planning offices in northern bavaria and is active beyond the state’s borders. Whether village renewal, school renovation, cemetery or park design, commercial area planning or preparation of a state horticultural show: the landscape architects and urban planners from arc.We have completed a large number of projects over the past 25 years.

At the head of the creative team are the owners gudrun rentsch, thomas wirth and ralph schaffner. It is always a matter of developing new ideas, reacting to changing requirements, and at the same time being innovative and solution-oriented, explained gudrun rentsch in a celebration for employees, customers and friends at the company’s site in innopark kitzingen. And people are still happy to get to work.

Fuchs was a customer from the very beginning

As a customer from the very beginning – company founder thomas wirth was still a student – karl-dieter fuchs, mayor of mainstockheim, looked back on the past. He was impressed by the personalities of the planning office, which had handled many projects "well, sensibly and with a keen eye had. He found: "it is a pleasant collaboration."

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Seven new allegations reported

Sandrina altenhoner and thomas forster have presented an annual report on their work as abuse commissioners in the wurzburg diocese.

From september 2019 to september 2020, a total of seven relevant new allegations were made against priests and lay church employees for abuse or for border violations. This is the last balance sheet for forster, as he will retire on 15 december. September ended his work as an abuse commissioner. His successor in office is professor dr. Alexander schraml.

Four of these charges were against a total of four priests of the wurzburg diocese for sex-related abuse, according to a press release from the wurzburg diocese. Two of the accused priests have already died. A fifth allegation of abuse involved a lay church employee. In addition, there were two accusations of border violations, one against a priest and one against another employee.