Brother Alois received in private audience by Pope Francis

Brother Alois, the Prior of Taizé, was received by Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, November 28. It was his first private audience with the new Pope. He had already been received each year by Benedict XVI, and before that Brother Roger went to Rome every year to meet Popes John XXIII, Paul VI and John Paul II.

Brother Alois spoke to the Pope about the welcome of young people in Taizé and the pilgrimage of trust that the community is undertaking with young people on all continents. He also presented to the Pope the ecumenical concerns of Taizé, highlighting that baptism already unites all Christians.

Pope Francis expressed the deep respect he felt towards Brother Roger, the founder of Taizé, and strongly encouraged the community to continue on the road on which it is engaged.


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