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Full Name Rainer Woelki
Date of Birth August 18, 1956
Age 67 years, 7 months, 2 days
Birthplace Mülheim, Cologne
Birth City North Rhine-Westphalia
Country Germany
Horoscope Leo

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Rainer Woelki Biography

Rainer Woelki is one of the most popular and richest Religious Leader who was born on August 18, 1956 in Mülheim, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. German Cardinal of Catholic Church, who was appointed Archbishop of Berlin in 2011

In 1999, he was granted the rank Chaplain of His Holiness and the title Monsignor by Pope John Paul I.

Rainer Maria Woelki (German pronunciation: [ˈʁaɪ̯nɐ maˈʁiːa ˈvœlki] ; born 18 August 1956) is a German Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He has been Archbishop of Cologne since his installation on 20 September 2014 following his appointment by Pope Francis on 11 July to succeed Joachim Meisner in that position. He previously served as Archbishop of Berlin.

From 1985 to 1989 he was assistant priest at St Mary’s Parish in Neuss. In 1989, he served for a short time as military chaplain in Münster. In 1990, he became private secretary to the Archbishop of Cologne.

His parents were expelled by East Prussia in World War II.

NameRainer Woelki
First NameRainer
Last NameWoelki
OccupationReligious Leader
BirthdayAugust 18
Birth Year1956
Place of BirthMülheim, Cologne
Home TownNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Birth CountryGermany
Birth SignLeo
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On 24 February 2003, he was appointed Titular Bishop of Scampa and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cologne by Pope John Paul II. He was consecrated on 30 March 2003 by Cardinal Joachim Meisner. He chose as his episcopal motto “Nos sumus testes” (“We are witnesses”), from Acts 5:32.

Rainer Woelki Net Worth

Rainer Woelki is one of the richest Religious Leader from Germany. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Rainer Woelki's net worth $3-5 Million.* (Last Update: February 3, 2024)

He studied philosophy at the University of Bonn.

Because of his work with the Berlin gay community, he was nominated by the Alliance Against Homophobia for a Respect Award in 2012.

Net Worth (2024)$5 Million*
Net Worth in 2023$3 Million*
SalaryUnder Review
Source of IncomeReligious Leader
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HouseLiving in own house.
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He was installed as archbishop of Berlin and took formal possession of his see on 27 August 2011. One of Woelki’s first tasks was to prepare for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI in Berlin in September 2011 on his first state visit to Germany, his third visit to his home country since he was elected as Pope in 2005.

On 2 July 2011, Pope Benedict XVI ratified Woelki’s election by the cathedral chapter of Berlin and appointed him Archbishop of Berlin. The announcement came just two days after the death of Georg Cardinal Sterzinsky, whose resignation from the governance of the see had been accepted in February 2011.

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From 1997 to 2011, he was Director of the “Collegium Albertinum”, a residence for major seminarians of the archdiocese studying at the University of Bonn. In 1999, Pope John Paul II named him a Chaplain of His Holiness, with the title of Monsignor. In 2000, he obtained a doctorate in theology, with a thesis on the ecclesiological role of the parish, from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

In a speech in June 2012 Woelki said “I believe we should agree and indeed we do agree on the fact that in judging this type of relation or relationship there is a big difference in judgement when people take responsibility for one another, when engaged in a long-term relationship as couples do in heterosexual relationships.”

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In October 2012 Woelki was nominated for a Respect Award by the Alliance Against Homophobia. He was praised by the group for speaking out in favour of a “new cooperation with homosexuals in society” and officially meeting the Association for Gays and Lesbians for talks. This, the alliance said, had “broken the tension between his Church and gays and lesbians and had laid the foundations for further exchange and for a constructive dialogue”. He declined the nomination. In December 2012 Woelki unveiled a reorganisation in a pastoral letter for Advent to 105 local parishes. Woelki said the archdiocese’s finances had “stabilized and improved” thanks to “courageous and responsible decisions” and “great sacrifices” by church institutions. He added that the archdiocese was forecast to lose a further third of its membership by 2030, and he said Catholic schools, nurseries, hospitals, elderly homes and information centers would also be reorganised to reflect this shift.

Interesting Facts about Rainer Woelki

  1. Rainer Woelki is a German Cardinal of the Catholic Church.
  2. He was born on August 18, 1956 in Cologne, Germany.
  3. Woelki was ordained as a priest in 1985.
  4. He served as Archbishop of Berlin from 2011 to 2014.
  5. In 2014, he became the Archbishop of Cologne.
  6. Woelki has been criticized for his handling of abuse cases.
  7. He is known for his conservative views on social issues.
  8. Woelki speaks several languages including German, English and Italian.
  9. He studied theology at the University of Bonn and Rome’s Gregorian University.
  10. As of 2021, he is one of the most influential figures in the Catholic Church in Germany.

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Rainer Ranked on the list of most popular Religious Leader. Also ranked in the elit list of famous people born in Germany. Rainer Woelki celebrates birthday on August 18 of every year.

On 6 January 2012, the Vatican announced that Woelki would be created a cardinal on 18 February along with 21 others. He was created Cardinal-Priest of San Giovanni Maria Vianney, becoming the youngest member of the College of Cardinals, in succession to Reinhard Marx of Munich. However, within the same year the creation of Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal and Luis Antonio Tagle as cardinals in November 2012 made Woelki the third youngest cardinal.

Key Events

  1. Rainer Maria Woelki (German pronunciation: [ˈʁaɪnɐ maˈʁiːa ˈvœlki]; born 18 August 1956) is a German Cardinal of the Catholic Church..

  2. Woelki was born on 18 August 1956 in Cologne, one of three children of parents who had been expelled from East Prussia at the end of the Second World War..

  3. A review of cases between 1975 and 2018 concluded there had been more than 200 child sexual abusers in the archdiocese and more than 300 victims, most of whom were less than 14 years old..

  4. On 14 June 1985 Cardinal Joseph Höffner ordained him a priest for the Archdiocese of Cologne..

  5. From 1985 to 1989 he was assistant priest at St Mary's Parish in Neuss..

  6. In 1989, he served for a short time as military chaplain in Münster..

  7. In 1990, he became private secretary to the Archbishop of Cologne..

  8. From 1997 to 2011, he was Director of the "Collegium Albertinum", a residence for major seminarians of the archdiocese studying at the University of Bonn..

  9. In 1999, Pope John Paul II named him a Chaplain of His Holiness, with the title of Monsignor..

  10. In 2000, he obtained a doctorate in theology, with a thesis on the ecclesiological role of the parish, from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross..

  11. On 24 February 2003, he was appointed Titular Bishop of Scampa and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cologne by Pope John Paul II..

  12. He was consecrated on 30 March 2003 by Cardinal Joachim Meisner..

  13. On 2 July 2011, Pope Benedict XVI ratified Woelki's election by the cathedral chapter of Berlin and appointed him Archbishop of Berlin..

  14. The announcement came just two days after the death of Georg Cardinal Sterzinsky, whose resignation from the governance of the see had been accepted in February 2011..

  15. He was installed as archbishop of Berlin and took formal possession of his see on 27 August 2011..

  16. One of Woelki's first tasks was to prepare for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI in Berlin in September 2011 on his first state visit to Germany, his third visit to his home country since he was elected as Pope in 2005..

  17. In 2011 a victim of child abuse was paid a large settlement based on the probable gravity of the case. Woelki decided in 2015 not to notify Rome of this case because of the "bad health of the priest" involved and because the "victim refused to offer testimony"..

  18. In October 2012 Woelki was nominated for a Respect Award by the Alliance Against Homophobia..

  19. In December 2012 Woelki unveiled a reorganisation in a pastoral letter for Advent to 105 local parishes..

  20. In a speech in June 2012 Woelki said "I believe we should agree and indeed we do agree on the fact that in judging this type of relation or relationship there is a big difference in judgement when people take responsibility for one another, when engaged in a long-term relationship as couples do in heterosexual relationships.".

  21. However, within the same year the creation of Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal and Luis Antonio Tagle as cardinals in November 2012 made Woelki the third youngest cardinal..

  22. On 6 January 2012, the Vatican announced that Woelki would be created a cardinal on 18 February along with 21 others..

  23. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis. .

  24. He has been Archbishop of Cologne since his installation on 20 September 2014 following his election by the Cathedral Chapter to succeed Joachim Meisner in that position..

  25. On 11 July 2014 it was announced that Woelki would succeed Joachim Meisner as archbishop of Cologne..

  26. In October 2016 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments by Pope Francis for a five-year renewable term..

  27. In April 2018, Woelki led a group of seven bishops who appealed to the Vatican after Germany's bishops approved a proposal to allow Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive the Eucharist..

  28. In a February 2019 interview, Woelki criticized ideas that Church teaching can be changed in order to more closely align with the modern world, saying, "The Church stands for truths that transcend time." He renounced calls to abolish clerical celibacy and to ordain women..

  29. In December 2020, Schüller called upon Woelki to resign for misrepresenting the victim's position in this way..

  30. Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig, appointed by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth to fight child abuse, made the criticism in 2020 that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cologne led by Woelki was the only one that was not making progress..

  31. The Central Committee of German Catholics demanded on 20 October 2020 that the report be made public..

  32. Woelki commissioned a second report, which was made public in March 2021..

  33. On 23 March 2021, a week after the report's release, Woelki refused to resign, saying "Such a resignation would only be a short-lived symbol." When Cardinal Reinhard Marx offered his resignation in June 2021, citing the sex abuse scandals, his action was seen as a criticism of Woelki's refusal to resign..

  34. After a review of the situation surrounding the reports, the Vatican concluded in June 2021 that Woelki had made "grave errors" but said no evidence had been found that his actions were criminal under secular law..

  35. On 2 March 2022, Woelki again offered his resignation to the pope..

  36. In 2023, Cardinal Woelki was one of four German bishops who voted against providing funding for the synod committee that is preparing to introduce a permanent German synodal council to oversee the Church..

  37. He added that the archdiocese was forecast to lose a further third of its membership by 2030, and he said Catholic schools, nurseries, hospitals, elderly homes and information centers would also be reorganised to reflect this shift..

  38. With his elevation, Woelki became eligible to vote in future papal conclaves and will remain eligible to participate in any that begin before his 80th birthday on 18 August 2036..