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Former Bishop Paul-Werner Scheele is dead

for 25 years, he was the würzburg Bishop, now Paul-Werner Scheele, at the age of 91 years died. He worked particularly hard for Ecumenism.

The Catholic Church mourns the loss of a long-standing advocate of Ecumenism: The former würzburg Bishop Paul-Werner Scheele died on Friday at the age of 91 years. The diocese informed. The 2003 Emeritus Bishop for almost 25 years, the top man of the Church in Würzburg.

the Chairman of The German bishops ' conference, cardinal Reinhard Marx, wrote a letter to the würzburg Bishop Franz Jung: "With the diocese of Würzburg, I am a faithful servant, who died in deep Belief in the gracious God. Paul-Werner Scheele, a great theologian, the Ecumenism was deeply at heart, a Bishop and friend of us. I bow to a personality who has shaped the Catholic Church for many years in our country."

The native of Sauerland had been busy in his Promotion of the unity of the Church, was later Chairman of the ecumenism Commission of the German bishops ' conference and was a member of the Pontifical Council for promoting Christian unity. In the 70-ies Scheele, Director of the Paderborn Johann-Adam-Möhler-Institute for Ökumenik.

On thursd evening had written to the diocese on Facebook, Scheele, "on his last way to the father". About a month ago, on the 6. April, had become of the old Bishop 91 years old. In a communication of the diocese for his birthday, it was said: "As a child and growing up I was often sickly. I am grateful that I had gotten old."

Paul-Werner Scheele was born in 1928 in Olpe in the Sauerland (NRW). After the war, he studied in Munich and Paderborn theology and philosophy, in 1952, he was ordained a priest. He initially worked as a religion teacher and chaplain in Paderborn. Later, he received his doctorate in Würzburg, and had held various professorships, first at the Philosophical-Theological College in Fulda, and then at the Ruhr-University of Bochum and later in Paderborn, and Würzburg.

In the 70-ies, was Scheele the Provost and auxiliary Bishop in Paderborn, Germany. At the age of 51, he was appointed by Pope John Paul II to the Bishop of Würzburg. The former Bavarian Prime Minister Franz-Josef Strauß (CSU) sworn to him.

in 2003, Paul-Werner Scheele was officially in retirement, dedicated to Christian unity. "I'm glad I still have some work to do - both in the diocese as well as in the worldwide Ecumenical movement," he said, as he was well over 80 years old. Scheele wandered gladly, played the piano and liked football. His motto as Bishop was "Pax et Gaudium": peace and joy.

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