GERMAN Catholics, headed by Cardinal Frings, Archbishop of Cologne, are .expected to join a great gathering of Bishops, priests and laity at Buckfast Abbey next June to commemorate the 12th centenary of the martydom of St Boniface, the saint from Crediton, Devon, who became the Apostle of Germany.
One of the highlights of the celebrations will be an historical pageant in the grounds of the Abbey Church.
The pageant master will he Mr. Alan 12 e, who conducted the pageants at Wembley and the one recently performed at Brighton in honour of St. Richard of Chichester.
Non-Catholics will join Catholics in commemorating the centenary on June 5 at Dokkurn, Holland, where St. Boniface, with 52 companions, was killed by pagah Frisians in the year 775.
A national committee has been organised under the patronage of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.
Members of the committee are Cardinal de Jong. Archbishop of Utrecht, Archbishop Alfrink, Coadjutor of Utrecht, Bishop Dietz of Fulda and Bishop Stohr of Mainz.
Other members are Dr. A. van Rinkel, Old Catholic Bishop of Utrecht, the Rev. D. H. F. J. Wesseldijk. president of the National Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church, and members of the Netherlands Government.
Dokkum, a small town in the most northern part of the Netherlands notorious for its indifference towards religion. numbers but a few hundred Catholics.
The greater part of the population is Protestant, but about 40 per cent. of the people do not profess any religion.