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Tears of joy or frustration?

Germany's Kirchentag shows signs of the country's political and economic stress

Germany's mammoth Kirchentag festival is no stranger to controversy. This year's event in Leipzig, the first all-German Kirchentag held in Eastern Germany since 1954, was no exception.

Vaatz also refused to attend the closing service on June 22, citing the planned sermon of Pastor Heino Falcke, a prominent, longtime critic of the communist state.


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