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Germany: Munich and Freising, adult baptisms on the rise. Ms Grunden (diocese), “some come from Islam”

Most Catholics cannot remember the day of their Baptism. Yet it is one of the most significant moments in their lives. But this is not the case for the adults who decide to be baptised after their catechumenate. Over the past five years, the number of candidates for adult Baptism “has constantly risen in the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising”, Gabriela Grunden, director of the religious orientation course, explained: there are currently 50 persons who will receive Baptism in 2017 following a period of formation and discernment. “The course, which was very popular, was attended by people from different walks of life – Ms Grunden explained”. “There were also Muslim people who decided that their future lies in the Christian faith”. The course is not just about learning; rather, “it is an opportunity to answer questions and discuss – the director pointed out -, and those who have received Baptism in recent years accompany the new candidates as volunteers” twice a month for three hours. On the Easter Vigil, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, will baptise 22-year-old Eva-Maria Bach Meier, a non-believer from a Saxon family who converted to Christianity after meeting her husband – whom she first married in a civil ceremony – and his family. For a year and a half, Eva-Maria Bach Meier has been preparing for Baptism, also by attending spiritual events together with her husband; they are scheduled to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony in June.

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