His Eminence Cardinal Rainer Woelki was here at the diocese for a short visit. He presided over the Eucharistic celebration on 22nd July Sunday, at 07.00 am at the Mother of God Cathedral. Bishop Varghese Chakkalakal, Bishop Remigiose Inchananiyil and several diocesan and religious priests concelebrated the banquet of love.
Cardinal Rainer Woelki Metropolitan Archbishop of Köln was born on 18 August 1956 in Cologne, Germany. Woelki was one of the three children of parents who had been expelled from East Prussia at the end of the Second World War. He studied philosophy and theology at the Theological faculties of the university of Bonn and Freiburg in Breisgau. He was ordained a priest on 14 June 1985. He holds a doctorate in theology. From 1985 until 1989 he served as parish vicar at St. Marien in Neuss. In 1989 he was appointed military chaplain in Münster and in 1990 parish vicar at St. Joseph’s in Ratingen. In 1990, he became private secretary to the Archbishop of Cologne. 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. 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”). On 2 July 2011 he was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Berlin. He participated in the conclave of March 2013, which elected Pope Francis. On 11 July 2014 he was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Köln.