New figures show that about 160,000 Catholics left the Church in Germany last year, the Catholic Herald website reports today (July 27, 2017).
The number represents an improvement on 2015, when 180,000 faithful left the Catholic Church -- or opted out of paying a church tax compulsory for members.
Nearly a third -- or 23 million -- of the people in Germany are Catholic.
Fr. Hans Langendorfer, bishops' conference secretary, said: "We should not forget our real mission in the figures... to joyfully proclaim the Gospel."