A Dutch bishop in Rome

Bishop Jos Punt of Haarlem-Amsterdam was in Rome last week, where he met with officials of the Secretariat of State and a number of Congregations. He also met with Pope Benedict, with whom he spoke about recent developments in the Church in the Netherlands, as well as other topics.

There’s one conversation I would have loved to have heard…

Pope Benedict is not unfamiliar with the Dutch Church. He is able to speak Dutch with a certain degree of fluency, and considers himself a ‘spiritual architect’ of the Rolduc seminary in the Diocese of Roermond, the first of its kind in the Netherlands after Vatican II when it was established in 1974 by Bishop Jo Gijssen.

"Take this and eat it?" Then-Cardinal Ratzinger and Bishop Gijsen at Rolduc in 1982

Source: Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam and RKK.nl

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