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Call for solidarity at National Day Te Deum
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Call for solidarity at National Day Te Deum

24.06.2015 From our online archive
The traditional Te Deum at Notre Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City on Tuesday afternoon closed the public National Day celebrations for 2015, with Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich calling for more solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers.

(CS) The traditional Te Deum at Notre Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City on Tuesday afternoon closed the public National Day celebrations for 2015, with Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich calling for more solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers.

The day had started with the Philharmonie ceremony with speeches by Chamber of Deputies President Mars Di Bartolomeo, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Grand Duke Henri, as well as classical music and decorations for members of civil society who were honoured for their service to the public.

This was followed by the military parade down Avenue de la Liberté. After a short break – and time for a quick wardrobe change for the women of the royal family – Luxembourg's Grand Ducal family gathered at the Notre Dame Cathedral, joined by politicians, diplomats, representatives of the police, army and judiciary, as well as members of the public.

Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich led the service, calling for unity among the different peoples living in Luxembourg.

As a sign of openness and respect, Chief Rabbi Alain Nacache, Imam Muhamed Rizvic and Protestant priest Volker Strauß read prayers in their languages.

To remember the return of Grand Duchess Charlotte from exile 70 years ago, the music during the service was the same as that played during a mass the day following her arrival on April 14, 1945.

Hollerich in his sermon also appealed for more tolerance, saying that some comments on the refugee crisis left online have greatly upset him. “We should be ashamed,” he commented. The Archbishop recently invited two refugees from Eritrea to live at his residence.

Discriminating against the refugees, he said, represented a betrayal of Luxembourg identity, saying that in the country's history, Luxembourgers themselves, including the Grand Duchess in the 1940s, sought refuge elsewhere.

The afternoon Te Deum ended the public National Day festivities. A private reception was held at the Grand Ducal palace in the evening.