The bell of the Star Singers to raise funds for children is in full swing, in Germany and Austria. The German campaign is now in its 56th year: it opened in Cologne a few days ago with the involvement of 4 thousand children who arrived from all over the country and were received by card. Joachim Meisner. "You are a great blessing for the children of the poor countries", the cardinal stated. "So, it is so important that you are here now". On the occasion, the German bishops renewed their appeal to join the fund-raising event, which this year will benefit the children of Malawi, a country where lots of refugee children go to, driven by conflict or persecution in that African region. In Germany and Austria, over these days the children who joined the initiative, dressed up as the Three Kings, knock on all doors to raise funds. They will also be calling on the authorities: on 6th January, a delegation of Star Singers will be received in Berlin by the German president, Joachim Gauck, and the day after by Chancellor Angela Merkel. In Austria, on 30th December 2013, the Star Singers were received by the Federal President, Heinz Fischer, to open the 60th fund-raising event in the country, and yesterday they were received by the President of the Nationalrat, the National Council of the Austrian Parliament, Barbara Prammer. ” “

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