Brother Alois received in audience by Pope Francis | 9 March 2023

A few days before the tenth anniversary of his pontificate, Pope Francis received Brother Alois in private audience on Thursday morning, 9 March, in the Apostolic Palace. They spoke in particular about the preparation of the event "Together | Gathering of the People of God" which will take place on 30 September in Rome, on the eve of the synodal assembly of the Catholic Church.

The next step in the preparation of this unprecedented ecumenical event, which already involves some sixty partners from various denominational backgrounds, will take place from 12 to 15 March in Rome. In announcing the event on 15 January, Pope Francis invited "brothers and sisters of all Christian denominations to participate in this ’gathering of the people of God’" (full text hereî).

Before coming to Rome, Brother Alois visited the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Reverend Jerry Pillay, and the General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, the Reverend Anne Burghardt, in Geneva on Monday 6 March. He was accompanied by the sixty or so young people currently volunteering in Taizé.

This Friday evening, 12 March, Brother Alois will speak in Frankfurt at the fifth and final assembly of the Synodal Way in Germany, for a meditation which will give him the opportunity to underline the spiritual dimension of the synodal process.

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For more information on the "Together" gathering write to this address.
For more information on the Taizé Community write to this address.

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Last updated: 9 March 2023