Christianity, Catholicism and Protestantism in Germany in the federal states of Germany. Christianity is the majority religion in the territories of Germany before the fall of Western Roman Empire in 476 AD C. Currently 53 million Germans (63.9 of the population) consider themselves Christians, of whom 49.2 are Roman Catholic, Protestant 48.8 (98 Lutheran) and Orthodox Christians 2 (various churches). The rest of the population (about one third) have other religious affiliations. Currently, the president of the German Bishops’ Conference is the bishop of Freiburg Robert Zollitsch. The German Catholic church is made up of seven archbishops and twenty bishops, who meet annually at the Episcopal Conference chaired by the aforementioned Lehmann. This institution has its secretariat in Bonn, the former capital of Germany.In addition, the German Catholics have another reason to be proud: Last April 19, 2005 one of his compatriots, Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope with the name Benedict XVI. With regard to the Protestants, they are organized in the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), composed of 24 churches, mostly Lutheran, but also reflected the united and reformed churches. In addition, all boast a large autonomy, while gathered in a supreme legislative body, the Synod, and a senior management body, the Council of the EKD, chaired by Wolfgang Huber. Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church is the confessional Lutheran church in Germany. The bishop is Hans-J rg Voigt. The Evangelical Lutheran Church is the leading independent in the Evangelical Church in Germany. Both Christian churches have contributed to the maintenance and creation of a democratic system in Germany since the end of the Third Reich.They also have a strong social commitment and charity, as demonstrated by their social work in hospitals, nursing homes and nursing homes. To do this, are organized into two major aid agencies, Caritas Germany (Catholic) and Diaconal Work (Protestant), which work mainly with the money given by the faithful.