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After today’s liturgy I went out walking in the centre of Belgium. This is where the big arable farms are. The crop is all harvested, and all that remains are huge bales of straw waiting to be taken to the barns. It was still warm enough to walk in a T-shirt (just).

I attach a notice from the door of the church of one of the two villages I walked through


I attach a notice from the door of the church of one of the two villages I walked through. For those who don't know French, what it tells me is that

- 13 villages over an area of perhaps 200 km², each with its own church, are served by three priests. 3 churches have weekly eucharists, the other ten one a month

- of the three priests, one is Belgian, the two others are black priests from former Belgian colonies.

- For information, the villages look to vary in size from 500 to 5000 people, a mixture of traditional (and wealthy) farmers, retired people and commuters from Brussels, Liège and Namur.

 

This is pretty typical here. I don’t want to draw too many conclusions too quickly, and it is too easy to throw stones, but that’s the situation here……

 

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