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  • Police capture Bavaria gunman after two killings

    07/10/2015 4:44:48 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 3 replies
    The Local (Germany) ^ | July 10 | Staff
    ... An elderly woman was the first victim. She died immediately after the attack reports The attacker then shot a male bicycle rider who also died at the scene of the crime... The man also appears to have shot at two further people, with police reporting an injured farmer who was driving a tractor, and one further victim. But they did not confirm their current situation.
  • Evidence Of A Holocene Meteorite Impact Event Near Nalbach (Saarland, Germany)

    06/29/2015 9:19:36 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Academia ^ | 2015 | Kord Ernstson
    The widespread occurrence of peculiar samples in the Nalbach area covering many square kilometers and exhibiting convincing indications of high temperatures and high pressures, in particular the mineralogical evidence of strong shock, establishes a meteorite impact event in the Holocene as a matter of fact according to the generally accepted opinion that shock metamorphism in rocks proves a meteorite impact. The young Holocene age is concluded from the concentration of the peculiar finds in the upper soil layers, the very fresh status of the impact glasses and the young appearance of the now discovered probable impact crater. Using impact scaling...
  • The fall of Phaethon: a Greco-Roman geomyth preserves the memory of a meteorite impact in Bavaria

    10/19/2010 3:53:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Antiquity ^ | v84 n324 | Rappengluck et al (seven authors, full list below)
    Arguing from a critical reading of the text, and scientific evidence on the ground, the authors show that the myth of Phaethon -- the delinquent celestial charioteer -- remembers the impact of a massive meteorite that hit the Chiemgau region in Bavaria between 2000 and 428 BC. Keywords: Bronze Age, Phaethon, Ovid, meteorite, Celts, myth Access this article (PDF File).
  • Roman Comet 5,000 Times More Powerful Than A-Bomb

    10/17/2004 3:36:42 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 57 replies · 2,144+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 10/17/04 | John von Radowitz
    People living in southern Germany during Roman times may have witnessed a comet impact 5,000 times more destructive than the Hiroshima atom bomb, researchers say. Scientists believe a field of craters around Lake Chiemsee, in south-east Bavaria, was caused by fragments of a huge comet that broke up in the Earth’s atmosphere. Celtic artefacts found at the site, including a number of coins, appear to have been strongly heated on one side. This discovery, together with evidence from ancient tree rings and Roman reports of “stones falling from the sky”, has led researchers to conclude that the impact happened in...
  • Lager Beer's Mystery Yeast

    08/22/2011 7:12:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 22 August 2011 | Sara Reardon
    Enlarge Image Bottoms up. Lager, as we know it, is likely a hybrid of S. cerevisiae and a newly discovered yeast from Patagonia. Credit: Stephan Zabel/iStockphoto Lager may have its roots in Bavaria, but a key ingredient arrived from halfway around the world. Scientists have discovered that the yeast used to brew this light-colored beer may hail from Argentina. Apparently, yeast cells growing in Patagonian trees made their way to Europe and into the barrels of brewers. Through the ages, brewers have tried to make their beers better, for instance, by improving on taste or color or making them...
  • Police arrest man over Russia-proof bunker (Kelheim, Bavaria)

    11/24/2014 8:45:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies ^ | 21 Nov 2014 15:59 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Police in Kelheim said on Friday they had arrested a man who hoarded guns, ammunition and bomb-making material in a nuclear-proof family bunker he built fearing an attack by Russia. The 59-year-old electrician had constructed the emergency shelter by expanding and reinforcing the basement of his family home in the small town near Regensburg in Bavaria. Police said they had confiscated two submachine guns, 80 rifles, 60 handguns, 20,000 rounds of ammunition and 40 kilograms of materials to make explosives. …
  • Bavarian farmer diapers cow over EU rules plan (ban cow dung on hills > 15% grade)

    10/09/2014 9:06:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies ^ | 09 Oct 2014 11:12 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The Bavarian Farmers Association (BBV) is calling foul on new rules proposed by the European Union Commission to ban cow dung from hillsides with a gradient more than 15 percent. The goal is to avoid water pollution by stopping nitrates from leaching into ground waters. “We demand that Germany stops this ban,” said Upper Bavaria BBV president Anton Kreitmair at Wednesday’s protest. “Slurry and dung are not pollutants, but valuable fertilizers.” The protest had no placards or slogans—just Doris the cow, wearing a plastic sheet tied around her rear end by farmer Johann Huber. “We have no regular Pampers; the...
  • Opening Weekend of Oktoberfest 2014 (photos)

    09/22/2014 1:00:13 PM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 22, 2014 | Staff
    One million steins of beer were consumed over the weekend, organizers say, as tourists and locals kicked off the 181st Oktoberfest. The Bavarian beer festival, held on Munich's Theresienwiese, lasts 16 days and will welcome more than six million visitors from around the world. This year, the average price of a mug of beer at any of the tents this year comes to €10.67 ($13.70 U.S.). Gathered here are some of the scenes from the opening weekend of Oktoberfest 2014.
  • Huge Bavarian Crop Circle Puzzles Crowds

    07/31/2014 12:48:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    The Local ^ | 30 Jul 2014
    A mysterious crop circle in Bavaria has attracted thousands of visitors since it was spotted in a wheat field last week.The circle in Raisting, upper Bavaria, has a diameter of 75 metres and is formed of three rings. It was discovered last week by hot air balloonists and word quickly spread through internet forums of the find. “They sang, danced, played guitar... and slept in the field,” a woman who lives nearby said of the area’s new visitors to the site, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported. Many visitors believe it was not formed by humans. “This is a technology which we...
  • 2pm lie-ins and a daily Fuhrer Cake: Hitler's former maid . . . reveals all . . .

    04/28/2014 10:17:43 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 17 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | April 28, 2014 | Allan Hall
    As far as his closest aides were aware, he kept to a strict healthy diet and drank only lukewarm water. But Adolf Hitler would regularly stave off attacks of midnight munchies by tucking into specially made ‘Fuhrer Cake’ and other gooey treats. He would raid the kitchen after staying up late talking to guests and rarely get up before 2pm, according to a maid who worked at his mountain retreat in Bavaria. Austrian Mrs Kalhammer – then Elisabeth Marchtrenkerin – went to work at the Fuhrer’s retreat near Berchtesgaden in 1943 after answering an advert in her local paper: ‘Maid...
  • German court upholds school ban on facial veil

    04/25/2014 10:04:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2014 12:47 PM EDT
    A German court has rejected a Muslim student’s lawsuit against a vocational school’s ban on wearing face-covering veils in class. The Bavarian Administrative Court said Friday the school’s ban didn’t infringe illegally on the right of the student to exercise her religious rights freely. …
  • German Newspaper Publishes Top Nazi's Letters (Audio of Himmler Speech Glorifying Holocaust)

    01/26/2014 1:21:54 PM PST · by lbryce · 101 replies
    AP Via Yahoo News ^ | KIRSTEN GRIESHABER
    One black-and white photo shows Heinrich Himmler on an idyllic family outing, holding his wife's hand while his blond, pigtailed daughter is picking flowers. Others show the SS Nazi leader feeding a little fawn or taking a bath at Lake Tegernsee near his home in Bavaria. The family-friendly, intimate scenes are part of a previously unseen collection of photos, recipe books and about 700 letters and notes believed to be written by Himmler, one of the Nazis most responsible for the Holocaust. Excerpts from the collection appeared in seven full pages of the German paper Welt am Sonntag on Sunday....
  • Bavarian Town Rejects Anti-Hitler Vote

    12/28/2013 9:09:15 PM PST · by lbryce · 46 replies
    The Local ^ | December 16, 2013 | Tom Bristow
    A Bavarian town failed to distance themselves from Hitler in a vote last week. The Nazi leader was made an honorary citizen of the area in 1933 but half of the council voted against disassociating the town from him. On Tuesday the town of Dietramszell in Bavaria was supposed to distance itself from Hitler and other leading Nazis in a motion put forward by mayor Leni Gröbmaier. The move came after archivist Agnes Wagner found Hitler had been made an honorary citizen in March 1933, the Münchener Merkur newspaper reported. Nearby Münsing carried out a similar vote a few days...
  • Secret Code: Music Score May Lead to Nazi Gold

    09/24/2013 10:14:49 AM PDT · by Theoria · 20 replies
    Spiegel Online ^ | 20 Sept 2013 | Björn Hengst and Benjamin Dürr
    After some initial digs, a Dutch filmmaker believes he may have found the site of buried Nazi treasure long rumored to exist. He was led to the Bavarian town of Mittenwald after cracking a code believed to be hidden in a music score. Three attempts have been made in recent weeks to find buried Nazi treasure in the Bavarian town of Mittenwald, close to the Austrian border. Even though the holes in the ground have since been filled, the traces left by drills and blue markings are still visible below a thin layer of autumn leaves. Authorities granted permission for...
  • German paper expresses regret over Israel cartoon

    07/03/2013 12:04:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 3, 2013 11:10 AM EDT
    A German newspaper has expressed regret after publishing a cartoon that appeared to depict the state of Israel as a ravenous monster. Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung says the picture appeared Tuesday alongside two reviews of books about Israel. The caption suggested that the Jewish state was seen by its enemies as akin to Moloch—a monstrous deity from the Old Testament to whom followers sacrificed their children. …
  • [Bavarian] villagers celebrate Ascension Day with full costume and song

    05/10/2013 5:20:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 09 May 2013 | Steve Robson
    Hundreds of villagers have gathered in traditional Bavarian costume to celebrate one of the most important dates in the Catholic calendar. With religious flagpoles hoisted above their heads and dressed in their best lederhosen, men and women of all ages parade through their picturesque mountain villages to commemorate Ascension Day. In contrast to the rest of Germany, Bavaria is heavily Catholic and the religious calendar plays a strong role in its deeply-ingrained folk traditions.
  • 2 states challenge German redistribution system

    03/25/2013 3:14:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2013 8:31 AM EDT
    Two wealthy German states have filed a lawsuit in the country’s highest court challenging a system under which money is redistributed to less prosperous regions. Bavaria’s state government said it and the state of Hesse filed the suit Monday with the Federal Constitutional Court. … The system is supposed to help ensure equal living conditions nationwide. …
  • Pope Benedict XVI, the "Mediocre" Marksman

    08/18/2012 6:49:35 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 17, 2012 | James V. Schall, S.J.
    “Of course, the Gebirgsschüzen (Territorial Marksmen), whom I was only able to hear in the distance, deserve special thanks, because I am an honorary ‘Schütze,’ (marksman) even though I was once a mediocre Schütze." — Pope Benedict XVI, Bavarian Evening, Castel Gandolfo, August 3, 2012. “Now, as we ‘thank you,’ I can only impart my blessing to you, but let us first sing the Angelus together, and if we can the ‘Andachtsjodler’ (a hymn in the form of a yodel).” — Pope Benedict XVI, Last Words in German at the Bavarian Evening. The present pope, we know, is a man...
  • Snow church opens in Bavaria

    12/30/2011 9:06:05 AM PST · by iowamark · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/29/2011 | AP
    MITTERFIRMIANSREUT, Germany — A church built entirely of ice and snow has opened in Bavaria — a century after villagers first built a snow church in an act of protest. The church at Mitterfirmiansreut, near the Czech border, is more than 20 meters (65 feet) in length and boasts a tower. It's made up of some 1,400 cubic meters (49,000 cubic feet) of snow. The structure was bathed in blue light as it opened Wednesday evening with a blessing from Dean Kajetan Steinbeisser...
  • Oktoberfest Kicks Off in Germany

    09/17/2011 11:26:36 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 50 replies
    ABC News ^ | 17 September 2011
    World's biggest beer festival is expected to attract 7 million tourists.
  • Experts Baffled by Mysterious Underground Chambers

    07/26/2011 11:28:17 AM PDT · by Palter · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 22 July 2011 | Matthias Schulz
    There are more than 700 curious tunnel networks in Bavaria, but their purpose remains a mystery. Were they built as graves for the souls of the dead, as ritual spaces or as hideaways from marauding bandits? Archeologists are now exploring the subterranean vaults to unravel their secrets. Beate Greithanner, a dairy farmer, is barefoot as she walks up the lush meadows of the Doblberg, a mountain in Bavaria set against a backdrop of snow-capped Alpine peaks. She stops and points to a hole in the ground. "This is where the cow was grazing," she says. "Suddenly she fell in, up...
  • The 125th Anniversary of the Death of King Ludwig II (Terrific Photos)

    06/14/2011 1:13:25 PM PDT · by mojito · 44 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 6/13/2011 | Alan Taylor
    A hundred twenty-five years ago, Bavaria's "Maerchenkoenig" (or "Fairy-tale King") Ludwig II died under very mysterious circumstances at the age of 40, his body found floating in Lake Starnberg, south of Munich. Today, Ludwig remains famous for the castles he built and attempted to build, most notably Neuschwanstein Castle, perched high in the Alpine foothills.
  • The Mystery of Germany's Aristocratic Mummies

    06/18/2010 1:51:36 PM PDT · by csvset · 11 replies · 500+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 06/14/2010 | Frank Thadeusz
    When they died, Germany noble families of the 18th century did what the Egyptians had done before them: They had themselves mummified. As an increasing number of such well-preserved corpses are found, scientists are trying to find out why. Baron von Holz had a difficult lot. During the Thirty Years' War, von Holz fought in the Swedish army as a mercenary, but he was not granted a hero's death on the battlefield. He was cut down, rather less heroically, at the age of 35 by either the flu or blood poisoning. And it was only in death, that his situation...
  • All-time October low recorded in Bavaria

    10/20/2009 5:32:50 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 21 replies · 739+ views
    The Local ^ | 20 Oct 09 | Unk
    Meteorologists on Tuesday morning recorded the lowest ever October temperature in Germany, as the mercury dipped to a chilly -24.3 degrees Celsius in Bavaria’s Berchtesgaden national park.
  • Bavarian Cueneyt Ciftci is Germany's first suicide bomber

    03/17/2008 5:06:12 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 721+ views ^ | March 18, 2008 | Roger Boyes
    A clerical worker was named yesterday as Germany's first suicide bomber and blamed for the deaths of two American soldiers in Afghanistan. Cueneyt Ciftci, 28, who was born in Bavaria to a family of Turkish immigrants, is believed to have driven a pick-up truck laden with explosives into a US guard post on March 3. An Uzbek terror group, the Islamic Jihadist Union (IJU), claimed responsibility. In the chaotic aftermath of the explosion, insurgents raked the Americans with gunfire and killed 60 men, the group claimed, adding that: “He was a brave Turk who came from Germany and exchanged his...
  • Threat Matrix: March 2008

    03/05/2008 5:59:39 PM PST · by nwctwx · 1,515 replies · 23,048+ views
    Petraeus: Al Qaida Trying to 'Come Back In' U.S. military officials said there will be no significant reduction in coalition troops in the Baghdad area as part of an effort to stop the Al Qaida offensive in northern Iraq. They said Al Qaida was trying to reenter Baghdad and reverse its losses in 2007. "Al Qaida is trying to come back in," U.S. military commander Gen. David Petraeus said. "We can feel it and see it, and what we're trying to do is rip out any roots before they can get deeply into the ground." Read More Militants Assert...
  • Germany to build maglev railway (- Way to go!!)

    09/26/2007 2:06:49 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 22 replies · 329+ views ^ | 09/25/2007 |
    Germany has come up with the funds to launch its first magnetic levitation - or maglev - rail service. The state of Bavaria is to build the high-speed railway line from Munich city centre to its airport, making it Europe's first commercial track.
  • Germans Arrest 3, Thwart "Imminent Threat"

    09/05/2007 12:05:48 AM PDT · by james500 · 158 replies · 3,710+ views
    AP via CBS News ^ | Sept. 5, 2007
    Three men have been arrested for planning attacks on Frankfurt's international airport and the U.S. military base in Ramstein, the German Defense Minister said Wednesday. "There was an imminent threat," Franz Josef Jung told Germany's ARD broadcaster. He declined to elaborate. Two of the suspects had German citizenship while the third was Pakistani, Germany's Sudwestrundfunk public broadcaster said. German federal prosecutors said they had arrested three suspected members of "an Islamic motivated terrorist organization." It was not immediately clear whether the three were suspected of having links to al Qaeda. Sudwestrundfunk said the men were arrested Tuesday evening and were...
  • Pictures from Holy Week - FSSP [catholic]

    05/02/2007 8:24:34 AM PDT · by rogernz · 16 replies · 377+ views
    FSSP ^ | FSSP
    the fssp during holy week.
  • Apostolic Journey to München, Altötting and Regensburg

    09/20/2006 7:01:04 PM PDT · by ELS · 6 replies · 372+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 20, 2006 | Benedict XVI
    Evaluation of Trip to Bavaria "My Deep Respect for the Great Religions, in Particular for Muslims" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 20, 2006 ( Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address at today's general audience, which he dedicated to evaluate his Sept. 9-14 trip to Bavaria. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters: Today I wish to recall again different moments of the pastoral trip that the Lord allowed me to undertake last week to Bavaria. On sharing with you the emotions and sentiments felt when returning to those dearly beloved places, I feel the need first of all to thank...
  • Benedict sheds image of dour theologian

    09/14/2006 10:14:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 644+ views
    AP ^ | September 13, 2006 | Victor L. Simpson
    He may seem stiff and shy at times, but Pope Benedict XVI has delighted fellow Bavarians by wading into crowds and kissing babies, shedding the image of a dour theologian from his quarter-century at the Vatican.He is not only growing into his job after 17 months in the papacy, but appears to enjoy it.In the most personal day of his homecoming visit, he knelt in prayer Wednesday at the graves of his parents and sister while his older brother — his only close living relative — leaned on a cane beside him.During the stop at the Ziegetsdorf cemetery just outside...
  • Pope blesses new organ (1000 y/o Basilica “Our Lady of the Old Chapel”)

    09/13/2006 8:19:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 385+ views
    Cafeteria is Closed ^ | September 13, 2006 | Gerald Augustinus
    dpaAPPope Benedict spent time with his brother today, and, as it behooves music lovers, they went to bless a new organ - in an old chapel. How old? Oh, about 1000 years. The organ was named after Pope Benedict. Here the Pope's words: This venerable house of God, the Basilica of “Our Lady of the Old Chapel”, has been splendidly refurbished and today receives a new organ, which will now be blessed and solemnly dedicated to its proper aim: the glorification of God and the strengthening of faith. An important contribution to the renewal of sacred music in the...
  • Pope weighs into controversy over Islam

    09/12/2006 7:46:47 PM PDT · by fishhound · 53 replies · 1,462+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | Sept 10,2006 | na
    Pope Benedict XVI has stepped into the controversy over Islam and violence during a visit to Germany, citing historic Christian commentary on holy war and forced conversion. In a speech at the university where he once taught theology, Benedict made an unusual reference to jihad, or holy war - a concept used by today's Islamic extremists in an effort to justify suicide bombings and other attacks on the West.
  • "This Triumph of Justice" (Benedict XVI delivers one of the definitive homilies of his pontificate)

    09/12/2006 7:34:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 435+ views
    WITL ^ | September 12, 2006 | Rocco Palmo
    In his adopted city of Regensburg, Benedict XVI is in the midst of delivering one of the definitive homilies of his pontificate to date -- one which began, however, with abundant and detailed thank-yous to everyone who did everything from clearing access roads to the Papal Mass sites to the vocational school students who tidied up the grounds and garden of the Pope's "true home" in Pentling in advance of his visit there tomorrow. While the theme of his Bavarian homecoming was announced as "He Who Believes is Not Alone," one of the traveling retinue has come up with...
  • Pope Tells of Key to Awaken Vocations (address to religious and seminarians at Vespers)

    09/12/2006 6:57:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 325+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 11, 2006
    ALTOETTING, Germany, SEPT. 11, 2006 ( Benedict XVI stressed that if Catholics pray with profound faith the Church will receive the vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life that it needs. The Pope expressed this conviction when celebrating Vespers this evening with religious and seminarians of Bavaria and members of the Society for Spiritual Vocations in the Basilica of St. Anne in the Marian shrine of Altoetting. "God's harvest is indeed great, and it needs laborers," said the Holy Father. "In the so-called Third World -- in Latin America, in Africa and in Asia -- people are waiting for heralds...
  • Mary and Jesus, United by Their "Yes" to the Will of God

    09/11/2006 11:23:49 AM PDT · by ELS · 31 replies · 471+ views
    Vatican Information Service ^ | September 11, 2006 | Vatican News Service
    VATICAN CITY, SEP 11, 2006 (VIS) - This morning Benedict XVI, having left the archbishop's palace in Munich, travelled by helicopter to the Marian shrine of Altotting, the religious heart of Bavaria which welcomes more than one million pilgrims every year. According to legend, it was here in the 8th century that Bishop Rupert von Salzburg baptized the first Catholic duke of Bavaria. In 1330, an image of the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus was placed inside the old church and, in 1489, the shrine became the scene of two apparitions of Our Lady, giving it a fame it...
  • Pope: social issues and gospel are inseparable, but God must “be in centre” (full text homily)

    09/10/2006 4:52:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 407+ views
    Asia News ^ | December 10, 2006
    VATICAN - GERMANY Pope: social issues and gospel are inseparable, but God must “be in centre” Benedict XVI issued a warning to the first world that is “deaf” to God. At times, churches of the West prefer social projects over evangelization. On the second day of his Germany trip, the pope talked about proclaiming Christianity, which does not impose itself and rejects proselytism: the peoples of Asia and Africa do not fear the gospel but “scorn” of God, cynicism that considers contempt for what is sacred to be a right and freedom, that elevates usefulness to the supreme moral criterion...
  • Pope Benedict XVI returns to Germany (EWTN schedule of live coverage)

    09/09/2006 3:07:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 351+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | September 9, 2006
    MUNICH, Germany - Greeted by a thunderous chorus of church bells, Pope Benedict XVI began a pilgrimage to his native Bavaria on Saturday, a six-day visit laden with meaning for him and the future of his increasingly liberal Roman Catholic flock in Germany. ADVERTISEMENT Tens of thousands poured into the narrow streets in this city where he served as priest and archbishop more than a quarter-century ago, before moving to the Vatican as the church's doctrinal watchdog. "My heart beats Bavarian," he assured reporters on his plane from Rome. Benedict, 79, was welcomed by German President Horst Koehler and Chancellor...
  • Cheerful pope returns to German homeland

    09/09/2006 12:26:33 PM PDT · by wolf78 · 9 replies · 518+ views
    Monsters and, UK ^ | Sep 9, 2006 | dpa (Deutsche Presse-Agentur)
    Munich - Pope Benedict XVI, 79, arrived in his Bavarian homeland Saturday, entering the city of Munich to begin a six-day programme of preaching and prayer, combined with an emotionally- charged tour of well-remembered places from his earlier life. Police kept a watchful eye on the crowd that packed the city's central Marienplatz square for a welcome home and prayers at the foot of the Pillar of Mary, a 368-year-old monument to the Virgin Mary. Until he left in 1982 to become the Vatican's top doctrine official, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was archbishop of Munich, and he was to stay the...
  • Catholic Bavaria gears up for Pope's homecoming

    09/05/2006 4:17:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 309+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | September 5, 2006
    MARKTL, Germany (Reuters) - Papal pastries and marzipan mitres fill the bakery window, crates of Pope beer arrive at the inn and the historic baptismal font is back in the church after years in the priest's back garden. As Bavaria, Germany's Catholic heartland, works itself into a frenzy over next week's visit by Pope Benedict XVI, nowhere is the sense of expectation greater than in his birthplace in the far south-east of the country, near the Austrian border. "This is a huge honour, we are proud he is making a point of coming here," said Marktl mayor Hubert Gschwendtner in...
  • Photo of Mozart's Widow Found

    07/09/2006 4:27:56 AM PDT · by Paladin2b · 14 replies · 1,188+ views
    BBC News ^ | July 6, 2006 | BBC News
    A print of the only photograph of Mozart's widow, Constanze Weber, has been found in Germany. The photograph was taken in 1840 in the Bavarian town of Altoetting when she was 78. She died two years later. The local authorities say detailed examination has proved the authenticity of the image, which is a copy of the original daguerreotype. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died at the age of 36 in 1791, when Constanze was 29. She later married a Danish diplomat. The print is one of the earliest examples of photography in Bavaria. It was found in the town archives. The daguerreotype...
  • Public sector strikes hit Germany

    02/13/2006 4:15:56 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies · 654+ views
    BBC News ^ | 13 February 2006
    German public sector workers fighting plans to extend their working hours have widened their strike action to cover most of the country. An estimated 20,000 local and regional authority staff including nurses, cooks and cleaners have joined the largest public sector strike in 14 years. They are protesting against plans to extend weekly working hours by 90 minutes, from 38.5 to 40 hours a week. The industrial action...has now spread to 10 of Germany's 16 states... Leaders at Verdi - Germany's biggest union with 2.4 million members - have warned that the strikes could last for up to six weeks.
  • Roof caves in on store in Germany

    02/07/2006 3:21:40 AM PST · by Tarkin · 10 replies · 583+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 7 February 2006 10:52 GMT
    The roof of a supermarket in the southern German town of Toeging am Inn, east of Munich, has collapsed, officials say. There is no immediate word on whether anyone was injured in the incident. The cause of the collapse is unknown, although the region of Bavaria did experience heavy snowfall overnight. Last month 15 people died when snow caused the roof of a Bavarian ice rink to fall in, and 63 people died in a similar roof collapse in Poland.
  • Germany bans radical Islamist group in Bavaria

    12/28/2005 8:52:42 AM PST · by knighthawk · 17 replies · 594+ views
    Yahoo ^ | December 28 2005 | Reuters
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The German state of Bavaria banned a radical Islamist group on Wednesday, saying materials seized from its offices urged Muslims to murder Jews and Christians. "With today's ban of the Multi-Kultur-Haus (MKH) association, Bavaria is making the limits clear to supporters of foreign extremist organisations," the state's interior minister, Guenther Beckstein, said in a statement. He said authorities raided the association's offices on Wednesday morning and seized a number of items. As the group is based in Bavaria, the ban effectively shuts it down. Bavarian authorities had been watching the MHK in the town of Neu-Ulm for...
  • Snapping Turtle Bit Boy's Penis

    06/24/2005 1:52:17 PM PDT · by ex-Texan · 36 replies · 1,801+ views ^ | 6/24/2005 | Staff Writers
    Police divers are hunting a snapping turtle that bit a 15-year-old boy on the penis in an alpine lake. They believe the turtle had probably been dumped in the lake at Grossweil in Bavaria by its owner after it got too big for its tank. They say the animals, that are natives to North America and are illegal to own in Germany, usually avoid human contact unless cornered. They are puzzled as to why the turtle should have attacked the teenage swimmer. The boy was bitten through the swimming trunks on his private parts and then bitten again on the...
  • New Pope Benedict XVI Has Questionable Past (Since He is Bavarian, He is a Nazi - ULTRA Barf Alert!)

    04/27/2005 6:10:42 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 27 replies · 734+ views
    DC Examiner ^ | 4/27/2005 | Nelson Marans
    New Pope Benedict XVI has questionable past From: Nelson Marans, Silver Spring With the present pope's hometown in the heartland of Bavaria, the birthplace of the Nazi movement, there was little doubt that the overwhelming majority of the citizens were either Nazis or ready to follow the party line. There apparently was little opposition to the tactics of the Nazi Party from the residents of the town until they felt that their religion was being threatened by some of the pagan customs of the Third Reich. Certainly, despite his youth, the current pope was neutral when it came to the...
  • Pope Benedict lightens up with German pilgrims

    04/25/2005 6:00:12 AM PDT · by JustaCowgirl · 45 replies · 1,400+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/25/05 | By Tom Heneghan and Robin Pomeroy
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Grinning and cracking jokes, Pope Benedict on Monday shed the stress of his election and inauguration for a jubilant audience with several thousand fellow Germans at the Vatican. The 78-year-old Bavarian seemed almost overcome by joy and stagefright as he strode down the aisle of the Paul VI audience hall waving to the crowds amid flashing cameras and pilgrims straining to shake his hand or kiss his ring. A shy man thrust into the limelight by his election last Tuesday, he drew laughter and applause when he apologised for arriving late from an inter-religious meeting. "Germans...
  • Germany to expel suspected Islamist radicals

    01/11/2005 5:27:09 AM PST · by veronica · 13 replies · 482+ views
    Expatica ^ | 11 January 2005
    BERLIN - The German state government of Bavaria announced on Tuesday it will expel 10 suspected Islamist radicals next week. A further 40 suspected Muslim extremists are under 24-hour a day police surveillance, said the state interior ministry in Munich. Bavaria expelled a Jordanian radical in August who was allegedly collecting money for terrorist groups and had links with planned attacks on Jewish and Israeli facilities in Berlin and Duesseldorf. Germany's new immigration law - which came into force 1 January - makes fast-track expulsion of terrorist suspects easier. DPA
  • Bavaria bans teacher headscarves

    11/12/2004 8:22:29 AM PST · by knighthawk · 60 replies · 880+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | November 12 2004
    The southern German state of Bavaria has become the latest of the country's federal states to ban Muslim school teachers from wearing headscarves. The Bavarian parliament approved the measure after Culture Minister Monika Hohlmeier argued that the headscarf was a symbol of the repression of women. Three other German states - Lower Saxony, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Saarland - have already imposed similar bans. Displaying Christian and Jewish symbols will still be allowed in Bavaria. More than three million Muslims live in Germany and many have complained that the laws restrict their freedom to express their religion. In the state of Hesse,...
  • Germany Opens 171st Annual Oktoberfest

    09/18/2004 2:11:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 560+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/18/04 | Irene Preissinger - AP
    MUNICH, Germany - With the traditional cry of "O'zapft is!" — "It's tapped!" — Munich's mayor cracked a barrel of Bavarian beer at noon Saturday, opening the southern city's 171st Oktoberfest festival for a crowd of some 500,000. Dressed in Bavarian knee-length leather pants, or lederhosen, Christian Ude wished the crowd a "peaceful Oktoberfest" before a thundering 12-gun salute signaled the 16-day festival's opening. Bavarian Gov. Edmund Stoiber was given the first mug and took an obligatory swig before switching to an alcohol-free version. The world's biggest beer-drinking festival is always a huge tourist draw, and some 6 million visitors...