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Cardinal Alfred Bengsch

Cardinal Alfred Bengsch

Birth
Berlin, Germany
Death 13 Dec 1979 (aged 58)
Berlin, Germany
Burial Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Memorial ID 6442025 · View Source
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Religious Figure. Roman Catholic Bishop of Berlin-both East and West-and leader of East Germany's 1.2 million Roman Catholics. The son of a Berlin postal official, He was named bishop of the divided city and its environs in August 1961, three days after the erection of the Berlin Wall. A conservative theologian who steered clear of politics, he was given special permission by East German authorities to cross the Wall three days a month to minister to his West Berlin flock, later he was allowed 30 days in every three-month period. In 1967 Bengsch became the first East German to wear a Cardinal's red hat-a promotion that reflected Pope Paul VI's quiet Ostpolitik.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Peterborough K
  • Added: 23 May 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6442025
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cardinal Alfred Bengsch (10 Sep 1921–13 Dec 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6442025, citing Sankt-Hedwigs-Kathedrale, Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany ; Maintained by Find A Grave .