Brother Alois was received for the first time in private audience by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome on 5 January. From John XXIII in 1958 to John Paul II in 2004, Brother Roger was received each year by the Pope. Brother Alois continues this long-standing tradition. He particularly thanked the Holy Father for his words on Brother Roger, in Cologne, the day after his death: "He is now visiting us and speaking to us from on high. I think that we must listen to him, from within we must listen to his spiritually lived ecumenism and allow ourselves to be led by his witness towards an interiorized and spiritualized ecumenism." Source: Taize
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