Pope Francis meets with Brother Alois of the Taizé Community
Pope Francis on Thursday met with the the prior of the Taizé Community, Brother Alois.
The Taizé Community is an ecumenical monastic order located in France. Founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schütz, it currently has over 100 brothers who come from Catholic and Protestant communions.
Among the topics Pope Francis and Brother Alois discussed were the welcome of young people in Taizé, the international meetings organized by the community, and the search for Christian unity.
The also spoke about the current refugee crisis.
"The pope is very concerned about how Europe is drifting apart,” Brother Alois told Vatican Radio’s German Section.
“He said in early periods of its history, Europe has been able to integrate migrants, and a strong foundation is there, and it is important for Europe to rediscover these roots,” Brother Alois continued.
He said the Taizé Community has itself taken in refugees, including most recently two groups from Sudan and Afghanistan who arrived from the refugee camp in Calais, in northern France.
Brother Alois said he also spoke about ecumenism with the Pope.
"I told the Pope that I often quote his words on the exchange of gifts between the different churches,” he said.
However, Brother Alois said in Taizé, ecumenism does not mean “leveling the faith, nor seeking the lowest common denominator, but is rather a mutual enrichment.”
As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Taizé brothers are leading throughout the Lenten season two daily prayers in the church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, located near St. Peter’s Basilica.
Vatican Radio (Mars 5,2016)