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Peace and reconciliation theme as thousands to gather in Prague for Taize meeting

Tens of thousands of young people from Eastern and Western Europe will converge on Prague in the Czech Republic at the end of December for a Taizé event ...

The next European meeting hosted by Taizé will be held in Prague from 29 December 2014 to 2 January 2015.

After a year marked by the centenary of the First World War, the conflict between Ukraine and Russia and by European elections, the meeting will be a sign of peace and reconciliation taken part in by tens of thousands of young participants from across the continent.

Here's what's in store:

  • Youth: The participants, aged 17 to 30, will spend the end of the year in a different way, in prayer, meeting, sharing and solidarity
  • Europe: In the light of current events, the presence of 2600 young people from Ukraine, more than 1,000 young people from Belarus and a few hundred from Russia will take on particular importance
  • Reconciliation between East and West: 24 years ago, when the Berlin Wall had just fallen, Taizé hosted a European meeting in Prague  ̶  what a long way we have come since 1990!
  • Spirit of pilgrimage: Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic participants will meet three times daily for common prayer in the morning in host parishes, at noon in the churches of the city center and in the evening at the exhibition hall Letňany with the brothers of the Taizé Community
  • Ecumenism: Protestant, Catholics and Orthodox leaders of Prague are preparing the meeting with the brothers of Taizé and an international volunteer team of 15 young adults. Bishops and pastors from different countries will be present. Messages of friendship will be sent by Pope Francis, the Eastern patriarchs, Anglican, Lutheran and Reformed Church leaders
  • Meeting others: A workshop will be offered in the synagogue in Prague. Non-believing families as well will host young Christians
  • Engagement in society: Individuals involved in civil society will participate in the afternoon workshops. The Secretary General of the United Nations and the President of the European Council will send greetings to the participants
  • Hospitality: Thanks to the hospitality of the entire region, thousands of pilgrims from all countries will be housed in private homes.

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