Pope pays tribute to slain Taiz founder
Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to Brother Roger , founder of the Taize ecumenical community, as an "untiring witness of Gospel peace and reconciliation" in a brief letter written on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of his murder.
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#1 Aug 12, 2010
Here is the letter in English:
LETTER OF THE SAINT PADRE BENEDICT XVI,
TO COMPANY OF THE CARD. TARCISIO BERTONE, STATE SECRETARY,
TO FRÈRE ALOIS, PRIORE OF the TAIZÉ COMMUNITY,
FIVE YEARS FROM the death of FRÈRE ROGER OF TAIZÉ
In these days in which we remember the return to the Father of the beloved Frère Roger,
founder of the community of Taizé, assassinated five years ago, 16 August 2005,
during the serale prayer in the Church of the Reconciliation, his Holiness Pope Benedict
XVI wishes to manifest his spiritual vicinity to you and his union in the prayer with the Community
and all those who participates to the commemoration of the memory of Frère Roger.
Untiring witness of the Gospel of peace and reconciliation, Frère Roger has been a pioneer on
the difficult way towards the unity between the disciples of Christ. Settant'anni makes, he
gave beginning to a community that continues to see to come to himself migliaia of coming from
young people from the entire world, to the search of giving a sense to the own life, receiving
them in the prayer and allowing them to make experience of one personal relationship with God.
Hour that has entered in the eternal joy, he continues to speak to us. His testimony of a ecumenismo of the holiness can inspire us in our way towards unity and can your Community continue living and irradiate his charisma, in special way especially between the young generations!
With all the heart, the Saint Padre asks to God to overwhelm you with his blessings, as also
the Siblings of the Community of Taizé and all those who are engage to you with you on the way
of unity as disciples of Christ, particularly the young people.
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