Ecclesiastical communication

Until the beginning of the 20th century religious sermons did not only have an ecclesiastical but also a general cultural and political function. However, the influence exerted by the Church on the public has drastically decreased due to the secularisation of society and the spread of mass communication. For this reason, religious broadcasts on radio and TV have been established. Since 1994 the TV-programme “Das Wort zum Sonntag” has become the epitome of religious communication. Until 1999 the programme largely imitated the classical sermon. Since 1999 programme makers have started to look for a new form and new content – which would be worth studying.