Pope Commemorates Taizé Founder's Death

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 16, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI remembered Brother Roger Schutz, founder of the ecumenical Taizé Community, one year after his death.



Brother Roger was stabbed to death Aug. 16, 2005, by an apparently mentally-disturbed Romanian woman at an evening prayer service attended by 2,500 people in the Burgundy region in France. He was 90.

The Holy Father said today to the crowds gathered at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo for the weekly audience, that the life of Brother Roger was a "testimony of Christian faith and ecumenical dialogue was a precious teaching for entire generations of young people."

"We pray to the Lord that the sacrifice of his life will contribute to consolidate the commitment to peace and solidarity of all those who have the future of humanity at heart," the Pope added.

A day before Brother Roger's death, Benedict XVI received an affectionate letter from him in which he assured him of his ecumenical community's intention to "walk in communion with the Holy Father."

The Taizé community will mark the one-year anniversary of its founder's death with a Mass presided over by Bishop Gérard Daucourt of Nanterre.