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Media handicap

Media handicap

What image of people with disabilities is conveyed in the media?? Still a much too one-sided and cliche-laden, finds the activist for disability rights, Raul Krauthausen. He demands more courage from those responsible.

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From the grave light to the electronic offertory

It could almost be mistaken for an elegant lectern, were it not for the fact that it also features a card reader as well as a keypad like that of an ATM machine: The electronic offertory is supposed to provide more security and save annoying jangling with small change. Even in the church, cashless payment with debit and credit cards is no longer a taboo subject, as shown by the Cologne church trade fair Ecclesia, which opened on Thursday.

To the 5. For the third time, the exhibition in Hall 3 of Koelnmesse presents everything about religious life and everyday life in places of worship. The offer ranges from fully automatic organ playing help in case of organist shortage, church seat heaters, safes for the church collection, colorful grave lights to special wax stain removers.

Nearly 200 exhibitors at Eccles The target group of Ecclesia includes pastors, sextons and organists, presbyters, church boards and all full-time and voluntary employees of church congregations, who make up around 70 percent of visitors. But the remaining 30 percent is made up of ordinary believers. "We expect that this year, too, we will have visitor numbers of up to 4.000," says the Managing Director of Koelnmesse Ausstellungen GmbH, Sandra Orth, confidently. Nearly 200 companies, institutions and craft businesses from seven countries will offer their services and products this year. The first Ecclesia five years ago, on the other hand, had started with only 50 exhibitors.

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Magic word dialogue

It's been nine months since Archbishop Zollitsch recommended a "dialogue process" to the church in Germany. The church should once again approach the people more strongly. At the federal level, the first major meeting is now scheduled to take place in Mannheim, Germany. In Zollitsch's home diocese, the diocesan dialogue process is already in full swing.