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Content of the online presence

The Archdiocese of Cologne is the provider of this information server on the public internet. All information provided on website is carefully checked. Nevertheless, the respective authors exclude all liability for the topicality, correctness, completeness or quality of the information provided.

All offers are non-binding and subject to alternation. The authors expressly reserve the right to alter, amend, delete or cease publication temporarily or permanently, of parts of pages or of the entire offer without separate announcement. The Archdiocese of Cologne shall endeavour to organise the website such that it is available 24 hours a day. However, the Archdiocese of Cologne reserves the right to temporarily shut down the website without notification in the event of downtime, maintenance work or repairs and for reasons which are not within the sphere of influence of the Archdiocese of Cologne.

References and link

The Archdiocese of Cologne carefully checks the content in the case of direct or indirect references to third party websites (hyperlinks) for any legal infringements which might potentially exist at the time the link was made. The author, in each case, hereby declares that at the time of linking they had no knowledge of any illegal content on web pages to which links were to be made.

The original author, in each case, has no influence of any kind on the current and future design content or authorship of linked sites. The author therefore distances him or herself from all content of all pages which were modified after linking. This statement applies to all links and references within the website created by the author as well as to links and references from third parties in guest books, discussion forums, link directories and mailing lists and in all other forms of databases whose content is subject to external write access. The provider of each web page shall be solely liable for unlawful, faulty or incomplete content and, in particular, for the damages arising from the use or disuse of information presented of this type.

Copyright and labelling law

The author endeavours in all publications, either to observe the copyright of the graphics, audio and video clips and texts used, to use graphic art, audio and video clips and texts created by the author themselves or to resort to license-free works.

The copyright for published objects created by the author remains the property of the author of the pages. The use or reproduction of graphics, audio and video clips and texts in other electronic or printed publications is not permitted without the express agreement of the author.

All brands and trademarks protected by third parties referred to on the website are subject, without restrictions, to the regulations of the currently applicable law on trademarks as well as to the rights of ownership of the registered owner. The conclusion must not be drawn from the mere mention of from the opportunity to download data from the website of the Archdiocese of Cologne, that the trademark is not protected by the rights of third parties.

Terms of use and comment function


If a comment function is provided on a website, each user is free to use this and to publish his or her comments. In offering this function, the provider anticipates an open, friendly and respectful dialogue. Please ensure that your post strikes a fair and objective tone. Those in violation of this rule shall be excluded from use of the comment function. The comment function may not be used for commercial purposes. The provider reserves the right not to release and to delete content posted which is promotional, criminal, insulting or unacceptable in any other way. This includes both posts which have nothing to do with the relevant topic or which are merely expressing agreement. The editorial team is also entitled to edit and move themes and posts or to close discussions. Posts may be subject to moderation which means there may be some delay in publishing. For organisational reasons, notification will not be provided of posts which are not released or deleted. If you should come across post, the content of which appears doubtful to you, please contact the provider of the relevant website.

Images must not be posted. Long copies of sources must also not be posted. The copyright for the post as far as such information is protected by copyright laws, remains strictly the property of the author, with the restriction that the author, by making a post, entitles the provider of the comment function to permanently make the post available on the site. Each publication of posts by third parties, however, requires the consent of the author.

Your specified email address may not be made visible for other visitors and readers of the comments. The provider of the relevant site is responsible for technical problems and issues.


Severability clause

If parts or individual formulations within this text do not comply with the current legal situation, or no longer comply or fully comply, the other parts of the document shall not be affected in terms of their content and validity.