Cape Town 2019

Next African stage of the Pilgrimage of Trust

The next African stage of the Pilgrimage of Trust on the Earth will take place at the southern tip of the continent, in Cape Town from 25 to 29 September 2019. 24 years after the Johannesburg meeting and following the meetings in Kenya (2008), Rwanda (2012) and Benin (2016) young people from Southern Africa and beyond are invited to set out to celebrate and witness together their faith.

Several thousand young people will gather from South Africa, other parts of Africa and from further away in a Pilgrimage of Trust.

  • Celebrating Christ, Source of peace and of true reconciliation.
  • Praying, singing, being in silence and sharing faith with thousands of other young people.
  • Discovering people from different cultures and their lives.
  • Experiencing the Church as a ferment of unity and communion in the human family.
  • Welcome in families.

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An invitation from the Churches

The Taizé community responds to a joint invitation from church leaders, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of the Anglican Church, Bishop Stephen Brislin, Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town, Methodist Bishop Siwa, President of the Council of Churches of South Africa, Revd Dr. Gustav Claasen from the Dutch Reformed Church ... Two brothers from the community have been there since the beginning of February to journey with the local communities and begin the preparation of this meeting.

Programme of the Meeting

The daily programme will include common prayers and times of sharing. The morning programme will be in the parishes/local churches and from midday onwards in a common venue.

The participants of the Cape Town meeting will be accommodated in the parishes and local communities. This personal welcome is an important aspect of this pilgrimage. The youth will be put up in families with simple means.

Everyday a shuttle bus service (and/or train) will bring the youth from the local parish to the common venue at midday for the programme and take them back after the prayer in the evening.

Coming to this meeting in Cape Town involves a full participation in the programme and to prepare oneself well in advance.

Practical information

  • Dates: Arrival, welcome and first common prayer on Wednesday 25th September, in the morning, departure on Sunday 29th September afternoon.
  • Participants are from 18 to 35 years of age.
  • Accommodation and breakfast will be in host families.
  • Simple meals will be served at midday and in the evening at the common venue.
  • Transport will be organized from each host parish to the common venue.

How to prepare ourselves?

  • Pray with the local Christian community or in a prayer group. This will help to make the journey a spiritual one in connection with the life of one’s parish, local Christian community or chaplaincy.
  • Reflect along with others on the following themes: Making ourselves more available to others, to God and in the Church and also on the 2018 letter Inexhaustible Joy.
  • Learn some of the Taizé repetitive songs.
  • Look around you for people who awake hope and visit them.

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