Wishing my readers a very happy and blessed Christmas

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“Let us enter the true Christmas, that of Jesus, Who approaches us – God-with-us, close to us – in order to receive the grace of this celebration, and the grace of closeness, love, humility and tenderness.”

Pope Francis, Angelus, 18 December 2016


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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.