The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will travel on 27 August to Taizé, eastern France, where she will give a public lecture on current European affairs in the late afternoon, Taizé’s oecumenical community indicated on Friday in a press release.
“Ursula von der Leyen’s visit is an important gesture, which indicates that the aspirations and commitments of the young generation are being heard and taken into account by political leaders and institutions. In this sense, this visit, in the serious crises of the moment, will be a sign of hope”, said Brother Alois, prior of the community.
International meetings have resumed in Taizé after two years marked by the Coronavirus pandemic. Since Easter, more than 20,000 young people have gone there, week after week, to participate in the activities offered by the Christian community, the statement added.
Its next European meeting will take place from 28 December 2022 to the 1st of January, 2023 in Rostock, northern Germany, the community added.
Founded in 1940 by Roger Schutz, a Swiss Protestant pastor who was assassinated on 16 August 2005 by an unbalanced Romanian, the community today brings together around a hundred Catholic and Protestant brothers from around 30 countries, with the aim of “reconciliation between Christians.”