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Utrecht is Bonif ace centre

From Our Netherlands Correspondent THE main celebrations in the

Netherlands of the St. Boniface centenary in the summer are to be held in Utrecht, the country's oldest episcopal see.

This was founded by another great Anglo-Saxon apostle, St. Willibrord, who was St. Boniface's companion in many of his apostolic travels.

The chief event in Utrecht will be a rally on Sunday, July 4, after Pontifical High Mass in the Cathedral. 1 he Netherlands Hierarchy, many Bishops from other countries, C,atholie members of the Government, other people prominent in the public life of the Netherlands and representatives of Catholic organisations will be there.

• They will he addressed by Mgr. Alfrink, Coadjutor-Archbishop of Utrecht, and by the Archivist of Friesland. Dr. van Buijtenen.

In the middle of June the Netherlands Government is to issue a special St. Boniface centenary stamp.

The celebrations, already announced, at Dokkum, the little Friesland town where the saint was martyred 1,200 years ago, will begin on July 3. with an inter-denominational gathering.

There will be speeches by Prof. W. Asselbergs, well-known cultural historian and poet, of Nymegen Catholic University. and two Protestant professors, Prof. Bakhuizen van der Brink, of Les den. and Prof. Bavinck, of Baam.

On July 6, Catholic pilgrims from all over the Netherlands will go to Dokkum.

Other celebrations there will be an exhibition in the town hall and a play about the life of St. Bonifacc, which will be given on three days.

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