One of the outstanding sculptures of the week-long Sapporo Snow Festival in the far north of Japan is of the Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany, says Hisashi Yukimoto. It is a testimony to reconciliation and overcoming division and violence, as well as artistic endeavour.
A Roman Catholic archbishop in Germany has given support to the country's senior Protestant bishop, Margot Kässmann, in her criticism of Germany's military strategy in Afghanistan, following a controversial New Year 2010 sermon.
Germany's political and church leaders have marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall on 9 November with an ecumenical service at the Protestant church in eastern Berlin which played a key role in the events.
The political and social shock waves caused by weeks of pro-democracy protests in East Germany followed by the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989, were felt around the world, says Stephen Brown. They still resonate today, and have important theological implications.
Christian resistance contributed significantly to the fall of the Berlin Wall, says the Rev Sam Kobia, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, on the 20th anniversary of the epochal event that ended the cold war.
Germany's senior Protestant bishop has urged Christians in officially atheist North Korea to obey God "rather than human beings". Issues of nuclear weapons and the division of Korea into north and south face the isolated nation.