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honoured Q UEEN JULLANA of the Netherlands and her Government have

paid an official tribute to the Dutch Catholic Hierarchy to marl the ecutenary of its restoration.

In Queen J u I i a n a s Birthday Honours List, Archbishop Atfrink of Utrechi—who has been virtual head of the Netherlands Church Province since Cardinal de Jong's serious illness—was given the high distinction of being appointed Grand Ocer in the Order of Orange Nassau.

In presenting hint with the Order's insignia, the Minister of justice, Dr. Donker. said the intention of the award was to honour not only the Archbishop himself, but also the whole Netherlands Hierarchy.

Dr. Donker praised the 'uniuistakable and courageous attitude" of the Catholic E p i a c o p a t e under Cardinal de Jong's leadership during the war-time occupation of the Netherlands. and said the Governruent felt itself completely at one with the nation in expressing its apprccietion on the occasion of the 111crarchy's centenary.

The Netherlands Foreign Secrctary, Dr. Lwss, the Home Secretary. Dr. Seal. th Minister for Social Welfare, Dr. Van Thiel, and memhers of the Catholic People's Party were at the presentation ceremony at Archbishop's House. Utrecht.

Archbishop Aifrink, in a speech of thanks, said the harmonious ccOperation of the Government iu the past had always been marked by the realisation that religious values were of the highest importance for the life both of the individual and society.




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