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Herbert Leuninger

September 8, 1932 – July 28, 2020

Herbert Leuninger was a German Catholic priest and theologian. He was a human rights activist for asylum in Germany, a co-founder and speaker of Pro Asyl, a human rights organization for refugees seeking asylum in Germany, and a member of the board of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles. He is remembered as a “loudspeaker” for refugees.

Leuninger studied philosophy and theology. Once ordained as a priest, he served parishes in in Frankfurt-Nied, Oberlahnstein, Frankfurt’s Westend, and Kriftel. In 1970, he was appointed minister for young people (Jugendpfarrer) for the Main-Taunus district. He served as the referent for migration matters (Migrationsreferent) for the Bishop of Limburg from 1972 to 1992.

Leuninger’s writings focused not only on the church and theology, but also on topics related to asylum in Germany, such as Integration von Zugewanderten (Integration of Immigrants), Fremdenfeindlichkeit (Xenophobia: Literally, Hostility Towards Strangers), and Multikulturelle Gesellschaft (Multi-Cultural Society).

Submitted by our members in 2020.