(Vatican Radio) Over 40 thousand young people from across Europe and beyond arrived
in Rome this week on an annual pilgrimage organised by the ecumenical prayer community
of Taize based in eastern France.
This 35th European Tazie meeting
will take place from December 28th to January 2nd and includes
a prayer vigil with Pope Benedict here in the Vatican on the evening of Saturday 29th.
The pilgrimage of trust, as it’s titled, will also feature prayer and worship in many
of Rome’s great basilicas, as well as workshops and discussion groups on a wide variety
of faith issues.
Among those charged with the daunting logistical task of
finding hospitality for the tens of thousands of young pilgrims, is Brother Paolo,
originally from Gloucester in the UK and a member of the Taize community for over
three decades. He spoke with Vatican Radio’s Philippa Hitchen about the origins and
the aims of this European youth encounter...