Faithful Reader: Claire, you have mentioned that Cloppenburg is very Catholic. Is there anything special about their religious observances that you can share?
Dear Faithful Reader: Yes, they are very religious here in Cloppenburg. They also like to put the joy of their faith on display for the rest of the world to see. If you take a bike ride around Cloppenburg, the majority of the farmers have a crucifix outside of their house. I can only imagine that it also appears to be a sign of social status. That is, the richer you are, the more elaborate the crucifix that you have. I think this family must be at the top of the ladder.