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The Catholic faith is being eroded in Germany with fewer people going to Mass and confession, and declining vocations, the Pope told the country’s bishops last week. In a hard-hitting address during their ad limina visit to Rome, Francis said: “Whereas in the 1960s the faithful almost everywhere attended Mass every Sunday, today it is often less than 10 per cent.” He added that “one can truly speak of an erosion of the Catholic faith in Germany” and urged the bishops to “rediscover the sacraments of penance and the Eucharist.”But the Pope, who spent time studying in Germany in 1986, urged the hierarchy not to try and rebuild from the wreckage of “the good old days” and instead be inspired by the early Christians. He warn


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