Comment on death of Brother Roger, founder of Taizé

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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops joins in the worldwide mourning of the tragic death of Brother Roger, the founder of the Taizé ecumenical community in France, who was killed by an assailant during community prayers at Taizé on 16 August 2005.

Brother Roger touched the hearts of millions through his life-long testimony to the transforming power of reconciliation and peace in Christ.

His ecumenical teaching and witness have been singled out for praise by the Holy See; the example of his tremendous influence with the youth of the world encouraged the Catholic Church in Canada in preparing for World Youth Day 2002; and the monastic community he founded in the 1940s continues to be an important manifestation of the relevance of communal religious life in the third millennium.

Msgr. Mario Paquette, PH
General Secretary
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

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