Dutch bishops’ encouragement for Lent

The Dutch bishops released an extensive message for Lent yesterday, accompanied by a letter that can be read at Masses during the first weekend of Lent. The message is one ‘to encourage’ all Dutch Catholics for the coming Lent, and active participation in the liturgy, next to prayer and reflection, are presented as the means to that end.

Read the message and the letter in Dutch via this link, or my translation of the letter here.


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I'm a 37-year-old lay Catholic from the diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden. I write about the Catholic Church in the Netherlands. I not only enjoy bringing selected developments to the attention of readers, but I also think that it is sometimes important to allow a wider audience to read about the state of the Church in the Netherlands. That's why a fair number of posts about that topic will be translations of Dutch articles, episcopal writings and whatever else.

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