Pope Francis issued a message through his Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, to the 25,000 young adults participating at the 36th annual European encounter of the Taizé community.
The meeting begins on
Saturday and this year is being held in Strasbourg, France.
the message, Archbishop Parolin spoke of the closeness the Pope feels to
the young adults gathered for the meeting. He spoke of the region as “a
land lacerated by wars, which had innumerable victims, but a land that
also brings great hope, that of the building of the European family”.
“Europe, which has lived and continues to live difficult moments, needs your commitment, your faith, your courage,” he wrote.
the theme of the gathering—“Seek the visible communion of all those who
love Christ”—he recognized that the young adults “are aware that the
division among Christians constitutes an huge obstacle for the
realization of the mission that was entrusted to the Church” and that
the credibility of the Christian message would be much greater if
Christians could overcome their divisions.
“The Pope shares with
you the conviction that we can learn many things from each other, for
the realities that unite us are numerous,” he continued. “The Pope is
counting on you so that through your faith and witness, the Gospel
spirit of peace and reconciliation shines among your peers.”
then conveyed that the Pope gives the young people, the Taizé brothers,
the pastors and all of the hosts of the meeting his benediction.