German cathedral marks 750th anniversary
October 14, 2013
The Diocese of Munster commemorated the 750th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone Xanten Cathedral with a solemn Mass on October 13.
The church is located in a town of 20,000 in west-central Germany.
Pope Francis named Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne as his special envoy to the celebration. In his letter for the occasion, the Pontiff recalled the martyrs associated with the cathedral, from St. Victor and his Theban legion, who was slain in the fourth century, to Blessed Karl Leisner, a priest who died following his internment at the Dachau concentration camp.
- Pope Francis: Letter to Card. Joachim Meisner (Holy See, Latin)
- Cardinal Meisner, special envoy to Xanten (Germany) (VIS)
- Mehr als 1500 Menschen feierten mit Kardinal Meisner die Viktortracht (Kirchensite.de)
- Xanten Cathedral (Wikipedia)