The 102nd Katholikentag will take place in Stuttgart from 25 to 29 May 2022.
Every two years, the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK) organises a Katholikentag. The venue is always a different city in a different diocese. In 2022, the 102nd Katholikentag will take place in Stuttgart. The host is the diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart.
The ZdK and the host diocese jointly found a sponsoring association. On behalf of the organisers, this association provides the economic, legal and organisational means and conditions for the planning, implementation and running of the Katholikentag on site.
The highest decision-making body of the Katholikentag in matters of content and programme is the Katholikentag Committee. It is made up of representatives of the ZdK, the host diocese and the supporting association. It is chaired by the President of the ZdK.
Deciding on the host city for a Katholikentag is a lengthy process. Ultimately, after preliminary discussions, the invitation of a host diocese is accepted by the plenary assembly of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK) as the sponsor of the Katholikentag. This is preceded by discussions with the host city and the respective federal state.
For 2022, the General Assembly of the ZdK has accepted the invitation to the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart. From 25 to 29 May 2022, the 102nd Katholikentag will take place here in Stuttgart.
The venue for the 103rd Katholikentag has also been decided: the diocese of Erfurt has issued an invitation for 2024.
As the largest Catholic lay event in Germany, the Katholikentag wants to be open to everyone. Whether with or without disabilities – everyone should be able to participate without restriction. Katholikentag wants to be a sign of lived inclusion, to break down barriers and to give all people the opportunity to celebrate, pray and discuss together during the five days. You can find more information here and please approach us with any questions!
German Catholic Conventions are major events that require long preparation and mobilise tens of thousands of people. This is precisely why it is so important that the Katholikentag consciously pays attention to sustainability: during the major event in May and already in the months of preparation.
The Katholikentag is aware of its mission as a major Christian event. It wants to be a pioneer for sustainable major events. In 2008, the Katholikentag became climate-neutral for the first time. In doing so, it set standards for itself and other major events. Sustainability and climate protection require continuity. Therefore, the 102nd Katholikentag in Stuttgart will also be climate-neutral.
The budget for a Katholikentag comes from three sources: own funds, church funds and public funds. Own funds include, for example, proceeds from the sale of tickets, souvenirs and the collection, but also stand fees, donations and project grants. Church subsidies come from the host diocese and the Association of German Dioceses. Public funds are provided by the federal government, the state and the city.