The Pope blesses the Taizé gathering | CII


The young participants meet with the brothers from Taizé for the evening prayer. Photo: Katja Dorothea Buck / WCC

Pope Francis sent a special blessing to the annual European meeting of the Taizé community, which takes place online, due to the pandemic, from December 28, 2021 to January 1, 2022. Another in-person event is planned in Turin, Italy July 7-10, 2022.

A limited number of brothers from Taizé, including the Prior, Brother Alois, and young people from the Piedmont Region are present in person at the headquarters of Taizé in France.

Among the highlights of the first meeting yesterday, there was a prayer session with Brother Alois in front of the Shroud of Saint John’s Cathedral in Turin.

Also on the bill at the Taizé Meeting, workshops, two of which focus on solidarity with migrants and on taking charge of our common home. A peace march scheduled for New Years Eve has been canceled due to the pandemic.

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin writes: “The Holy Father prays for this intention.

Cardinal Parolin congratulates the young people of Taizé for not “giving in to defeatism”, but to tackle difficult questions head-on, to pray about them and to listen to the word of God in order “to shed light on the most human situations. complex ”.

Recalling the events of Pentecost, Cardinal Parolin notes that on that day the disciples “were all together” – and he reminds the young that “it is when we are together that the Spirit of God breathes in a way. particular ”. He goes on to explain that “with the current Synod, the Catholic Church, too, seeks to open up more to the work of the Spirit by inviting the disciples of Christ to discover how much we need one another. “.

The Cardinal told the young people that by choosing to face “human suffering and the pressing emergencies of the moment”, they had “the opportunity to participate in the solutions”. If there is cause for worry and worry, he says that it is nonetheless true “that the Spirit of God never ceases to work and to give birth to creators of fraternity, of solidarity. and unity ”. He assures them that by opening themselves “to the presence of the Risen Christ”, by allowing him to unify their hearts, they are preparing themselves to be among them.

Cardinal Parolin concludes his letter with a blessing from Pope Francis: “The Holy Father asks the Holy Spirit to bless you, you young Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants who join the European meeting in thought and prayer, and he entrusts you with the protection of the Virgin. “


Watch the rally on Taizé’s YouTube channel:

Keywords: Taizé, Taizé, Gathering of young people, Pope Francis, Cardinal Parolin, Turin, Shroud

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