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Laborer Priests
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[German Version]

Between 1941 and 1944, for various reasons (pastoral care for French forced laborers under German occupation, France as a missionary territory, acquaintance with the living conditions of the workers) a few diocesan and regular priests in France sought to establish contact with the working classes, most of whom were alienated from the church. To this end, they deliberately gave up their secure way of life to take jobs as workers, day laborers, etc. From this beginning, there grew t…

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Mette, Norbert, “Laborer Priests”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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