NEWSFLASH 21 APRIL 2010
Please pray for Bishop Walter Mixa who has tendered his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI after a prolonged media campaign to get him removed after allegations of hitting children,which he denied and misuse of funds which is being investigated.
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BISHOP MIXA OF AUGSBURG
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Nightfever Service for young people in the Cathedral with Bishop of Augsburg Dr.Walter Mixa
On Sunday 9th September Bishop Dr. Walter Mixa,Bishop of Augsburg & Bishop to the German Military,visited Füssen.
3 year old,Maximilian Rosenthal-English meets Bishop Walter.
The 66 year old Bishop arrives outside St Mang Basilica escorted by Monsignor Karlheinz Knebel,Parish Priest of Füssen and Regional Dean,and his secretaries. Bishop Walter was Monsignor Knebel's first Parish Priest after he was ordained.Bishop Walter has been a Priest since 27th June 1970.He was appointed Bishop of Eichstätt on 24th February 1996 and ordained Bishop 23rd March 1996.On the 31st August 2000 he was appointed Bishop of the German Forces. On 16th July 2005 he was appointed Bishop of Augsburg.He was installed Bishop on 1st October 2005.He has been a great defender of the family.Many have criticised him for this.Many parents have welcomed what he said about childcare dispite other Liberal German Bishops not agreeing with him.May he continue to bring the Good News of Christ to us all in this Diocese for a long time.
Bishop Walter meets Deacon Fredl Hofmann on the forecourt outside the Basilica.
Bishop Walter is introduced to 3rd Mayor,Dr.Anni Derday who represented the civic authorities at the book presentation.
Inside the Basilica were a group of Italian pilgrims to St Mang.They were delighted to meet His Excellency.
The artist,Erwin Wiegerling arrives for the book presentation in the Basilica.
Monsignor Knebel shows the Bishop the new doors and windows representing the Liturgical year of the church,made by the artist,Erwin Wiegerling.
Showing the feast days which are on the door.
The Artist waiting to take his place for the presentation of his new book "Lichtspuren"(Light Waves).It covers the work he has carried out on St Mang Basilica in the past 20 years.
Monsignor welcomes all to the presentation.He describes some of the works of art that can be found in the Basilica.Bishop Walter looks up keenly to take in his surroundings.
Meeting members of the church committee outside Seelos House prior to meeting all the servers in the 4 churches of our parish.
Bishop Walter greets the servers.He spent 30 minutes talking to them and answering their questions.
Herr Vogler,Sacristan,server and Reporter,Photographer for Acht Seligkeiten covering the event for German site.
One can sense the contentment in Monsignor's face that all is going smoothly!
The event was covered by TV Allgäu television,Regional daily papers and the Catholic papers in Deutschland as well as the Parish website.
The TV Allgäu Television crew.The news was seen as the second news item from 1800hrs on 10th September until 1500hrs on the 11th September.Copies of the newscast can be brought for €20 from TV Allgäu.
Servers leading the procession from Seelos House to St Mang Basilica for the start of the Pontifical High Mass.
Arriving at the Basilica.
Photo below shows members of the Büllerschützen Füssen.They fire their pistols in salute when the torchlight procession returns from the Old part of the city.
Candles ready for the torchlight procession round the old part of the city.
The Stature of St Mang starts on its way.
Bishop Mixa carries the Staff of St Mang during the procession.Monsignor Knebel carries the breastbone of the Saint.
The procession begins.
The servers leading the procession
move away from St Mang Basilica.
Bishop Walter Mixa clearly showing the Staff of St Mang.
The procession turns left at the St Mang Kloster into the Old part of the city.Prayer and hymns are sung whilst the pilgrims process.
Monsignor Knebel with the breast bone of Saint Mang.
At 3 different places in the city,pilgrims stop for prayer.
Turning left at the Krippkirche.
The Magnus Fire if alight.
Above and below:Members of the Rosenthal-English Family venerate the relics of the Great Apostle of the Allgäu,St Mang.The family have 6 children and they have joint German-English Nationality.
More photos of the Bishop's visit on the German site
How The Diocesan Paper of Augsburg reported the news