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Tuesday, December 20, 2005


VATICAN CITY, DEC 20, 2005 (VIS) - Around 50,000 young people from all over Europe are expected to come together in Milan, Italy from December 28, 2005 to January 1, 2006 in the 28th meeting organized by the ecumenical community of Taize. This is the first meeting of young people since the death of the founder of the Taize Community, Brother Roger Schultz, who was murdered in August.

  On their arrival, each of the participants will be given a copy of an unfinished letter that Brother Roger had begun to write last summer, shortly before he was killed.

  In a Message to participants in the event, made public in various languages including English, Benedict XVI expresses the hope that, "in expressing tribute to Brother Roger who desired these international meetings in order to root in young Christians a spirit of brotherhood and peace, ... the Pope's wish is that the dialogue among you, who have come from different countries and different Christian denominations, as well as the meeting with the Christians of Milan who are welcoming you, will enable you to form new ties that will be seeds of peace among people.

  "May the example of the founder of Taize and the tireless testimony of Pope John Paul II in favor of dialogue and peace encourage you to be peacemakers in your turn!"

  The Pope's message continues: "In a world made fragile by many situations of tension, and in our developed societies marked by new forms of violence that affect the young in particular, the Pope invites you to witness with simplicity and joy to the Spirit of peace that dwells within you."

  Finally, after quoting the words of the Apostle Paul, "He is our peace," Benedict XVI points out how God "invites us to forgive, the sign of an absolute love."
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