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St. Hedwig's Cathedral

St. Hedwig's Cathedral
St. Hedwig's Cathedral

St. Hedwig's Cathedral (German: Sankt-Hedwigs-Kathedrale) is a Roman Catholic cathedral on the Bebelplatz in Berlin, Germany. It is the seat of the archbishop of Berlin.

It was built in the 18th century as the first Catholic church in Prussia after the Protestant Reformation by permission of King Frederick II. The intention of Frederick was to offer the numerous Catholic immigrants that had arrived in Berlin, especially those from Upper Silesia, a place of worship. The church was therefore dedicated to the patron of Silesia and Brandenburg, Saint Hedwig of Andechs. The building was designed by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff modeled after the Pantheon in Rome and construction started in 1747, interrupted and delayed several times due to economy measures. It was not until November 1, 1773 when the king's friend, Ignacy Krasicki, then Bishop of Warmia (later Archbishop of Gniezno), officiated at the cathedral's opening.

After the Kristallnacht pogroms that took place over the night of 9–10 November 1938, Bernhard Lichtenberg, a canon of the cathedral chapter of St Hedwig since 1931, prayed publicly for Jews in the evening prayer following. Lichtenberg was later jailed by the Nazis and died on the way to the concentration camp at Dachau. In 1965 Lichtenberg's remains were transferred to the crypt at St. Hedwig's.

The cathedral burned out completely in 1943 during air raids on Berlin and was reconstructed from 1952 up to 1963.

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"Who are the members of the Cathedral Chapter of St. Hedwig?" (posted 05/01/2015)

As in the request not a place but only one building was called, I hope that this is this cathedral in Berlin: St. Hedwig's Cathedral in Berlin, the first Catholic church in the city after the Reformation. It was consecrated in 1773 under Frederick II. And 1930, charged with the foundation of the diocese Berlin Cathedral. Service provided by
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May 20, 2009 Stefan Förner Spokesperson Caritas Rector Ulrich Bonin is canon at the St. Hedwig's Cathedral. He succeeds Bishop em. Wolfgang Weider as a member after the chapter. The pastor of St. Matthias (Schoeneberg), Edgar Kotzur, is honorary canon of St. Hedwig. Archbishop Cardinal Georg Sterzinsky will introduce both during Pontifikalamts on Ascension Day, Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 10:00 clock, in their office. Ulrich Bonin Since 2005 Caritas-rector at the Caritas Association for the Archdiocese of Berlin. Pastor Edgar Kotzur since 1976 pastor of St. Matthias in Schöneberg. As a priest of the diocese of Münster, he continues the tradition, had worked in the already Clemens August Graf von Galen, who later became Bishop of Münster, as chaplain and pastor in Berlin. The tasks of the chapter among others include advising and election of the bishop. Further information at
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