To the 40. anniversary of the attack on the Oktoberfest, Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx called for action against right-wing radicalism and racism. At a service in the Liebfrauendom, he included in his prayers the 13 people killed in the attack and more than 200 injured.
"We must raise our voices and speak out, even in small circles, even in our parishes," Marx said today. "It starts with language, it starts with attitudes."
Memorial ceremony with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
On the 26. September 1980, a bomb exploded at the main entrance of the world's largest public festival, killing twelve people and the assassin. 211 people were injured, some seriously.
It was the worst right-wing extremist terrorist attack in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. On the anniversary of the attack, there had been a memorial service with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Saturday morning at the Theresienwiese in Munich.
Deacons supervised with special task
Marx made remarks at the ordination of nine men as deacons. Their special task in the future will be to look at those "who are in the shadows, who are on the margins," the archbishop said. Deacon is the Greek word for "servant" and refers to a distinct form of ordained ministry in the Catholic Church.