Taizé Event to Gather Thousands in Lisbon

LISBON, Portugal, DEC. 19, 2004 (Zenit.org).- A letter from the founder of the Taizé Community will be the basis for a meeting of 40,000 young people Dec. 28-Jan. 1 in Lisbon.

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«Multitudes aspire today to a future of peace, to a humanity freed from threats of violence,» Brother Roger states in his letter, entitled «A Future of Peace.» «If some are overwhelmed by anxiety about the future and find themselves immobilized, there are others in the world who are creative young people, full of ingenuity.»

In his Letter for 2005, the founder of the ecumenical Taizé Community expresses his confidence in the new generations not only because of their capacity to want peace, but also because of their capacity to prepare themselves to build it.

Throughout Europe, thousands of young people are preparing to attend the 27th «Pilgrimage of Trust on Earth.»

Letters of support for the event have come from John Paul II; Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople; Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow; Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury; and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Since 1978, Taizé has organized a year-end event aimed at bringing young people together to meet and pray and to deepen their faith.

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