Press release Taizé in Strasbourg: 30,000 young Europeans make “a large community of friendship” visible On 28 December, 20,000 young adults from all over Europe and also from the other continents, will arrive in Strasbourg for the 36th stage on the “Pilgrimage of Trust” led by the Taizé Community. Among them will be more than 4,500 Poles, 2,600 Ukrainians, 1,400 Italians, 1,200 Croatians, 1,000 Belarussians.... Together with others from Alsace and the German region of Ortenau, in all they will be 30,000 “seeking visible communion among all (...)
The next European Meeting will be held in the region of Alsace, and in the neighbouring region of Ortenau (Baden, Germany) from 28 December 2013 to 1 January 2014. The Taizé Community is preparing the meeting at the invitation of the Catholic dioceses and the Protestant churches on both banks of the Rhine. It will gather together several tens of thousands of young adults for the next step of the “pilgrimage of trust on earth” initiated by brother Roger at the end of the 1970s.
Young people from all over Europe and beyond will be hosted by the people and local church communities of the region.
As regions of dialogue, where people have multiple allegiances, Alsace and Baden have become signs of reconciliation in the centre of Europe. Strasbourg, a city enriched by being at the crossroads of cultures, has become an important sign of hope for building Europe in solidarity.
Every evening during the meeting, at the end of the prayer, Brother Alois spoke to the participants. You can find the texts of these meditations on this page. Brother Alois, Strasbourg, Saturday evening 28 December 2013 We have come to Strasbourg as pilgrims of peace and trust—in this city, in this region of Europe, which is today a symbol of reconciliation after the terrible wars of the (...)
(Bishop Jean-Pierre Grallet, Archbishop of Strasbourg – Bishop Ulrich Fischer, Evangelical Church in Baden – Father Vasile Iorgulescu, Romanian Orthodox Church – President Jean-François Collange, Union of Protestant Churches of Alsace and Lorraine – Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, Archbishop of Freiburg) Dear Friends, it is with joy that we welcome you most cordially to the Strasbourg Cathedral, a place steeped in history which, for nearly a thousand years, has borne the faith of Christians, with their joys and sorrows, their trials and their (...)
Both during and after the meeting, we received messages from participants telling of their experiences. Here are some of the contributions we received gathered by theme. Preparation from September onwards Starting in September, an international team comprising several brother of Taizé, sisters of St. Andrew and 15 young volunteers from various countries have been visiting and meeting local (...)