Brother Alois was welcomed by Benedict XVI at the Vatican, on Saturday 10 March. This was his seventh private audience since he became Prior of Taizé. Brother Roger went to Rome every year to meet Popes John XXIII, Paul VI and John Paul II.
The audience took place in German. Brother Alois spoke about the European Young Adults Meeting held in Berlin last December, and of the theme of “new solidarity” announced at that time and which will be explored with the young people until 2015. Then Brother Alois mentioned the next three stages of the “pilgrimage of trust”: the African Young Adults Meeting this coming November in Rwanda, the European Meeting in Rome at the end of December, during which the Pope will welcome the young people for a prayer in Saint Peter’s Basilica, and the Taizé visit to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in January 2013.
At the end of the audience, Brother Alois gave the pope the letter he wrote this year for the young people “Towards a new solidarity” and a copy of “Ecrits fondateurs” by frère Roger, the first in a series of publications that will make available again the books of the founder of the community.
News from Taize by email – 14 March 2012