The Berlin Cathedral Chapter have voted with the majority required for Koch as new archbishop of Berlin, says the Catholic News Agency (KNA) from well-informed circles - appointment by Pope Francis is still pending.
Berlin / Vatican City (kath.net/KNA) The Dresdner Bishop Heiner Koch (60) is to become the new Archbishop of Berlin. The Berlin Cathedral Chapter have voted with the majority required for Koch as new archbishop of Berlin, well-informed sources told the Catholic News Agency (KNA). If the states of Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern have no objection, Pope Francis may appoint Koch in the coming days or weeks as archbishop of Berlin.
The former Cologne Bishop Heiner Koch was Bishop of the diocese of Dresden-Meissen two years. The born Düsseldorfer has led the German Bishops' Conference, the Commission for Marriage and the Family. He also is involved in the preparation of the family Synod in Rome for October. The Archdiocese of Berlin has been about eight months without archbishop. Last September, Cardinal Rainer Woelki had left the capital diocese after three years at the head and is turning over the reins of the archbishopric of Cologne.
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