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Born : December 3, 1938
The arms show quartered the arms of the Archdiocese in I and IV and the arms of the Archbishop in II and III.
In th epersonal arms the axe is the stymbol of St. Matthew, from which th efamily name Thissen is derived. The swan is the symbol of the city of Kleve, where the Archbishop was born. The Tau-cross and black balls are taken from the logo of the Collegium Augustinianum Gaesdonck school which he attended.
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