Christian celebrations in German town cancelled because armed guards and trucks to block streets were needed

Sunday, June 3, 2018
By Paul Martin
2 June 2018

Corpus Christi celebrations were cancelled in the German town of Bergkamen due to high security requirements, local newspaper WA reports.

While in other Catholic communities in the region Corpus Christi processions moved through the towns, the streets of Bergkamen were empty.

The town’s parish of St. Elisabeth had to cancel the procession on Corpus Christi on short notice because it needed to arrange extra security measures in a too short amount of time.

The city only heard two weeks ago the requirement to set up additional barriers with two guarded checkpoints and roadblocks with trucks.

“We could not implement that in such a short time,” Pastor Thorsten Neudenberger, said on Thursday. “Soon there will be a conversation with the district administrator to find a solution for next year,” he added.

According to Neudenberger, there were problems in other municipalities because of the security requirements. In Schwerte, for example, the processional path was postponed.

In Cologne, undersized Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki celebrated an open-air mass at Roncalliplatz with hundreds of people. Then the procession – accompanied by flag delegations of numerous clubs – led through the city centre.

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