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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Portugal prepares to welcome 50,000 young Taize visitors
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 The Church in Portugal is preparing to welcome around 50,000 young adults from all over Europe who will be taking part in the 27th Taizé Community Meeting from 28 December - 2 January in Lisbon. This ecumenical event will draw Catholics, Orthodox, Reformed Churches, and church movements who cross human and geographical borders to underline what unites people rather than what divides and to look to the future with hope. The event follows previous Meetings held in Hamburg, Paris, Budapest, Barcelona and Warsaw. The organisers says 200 parishes in Lisbon and many families are preparing to offer hospitality to the young visitors. The daily programme will include prayer, reflection and sharing with local youth; community prayers at midday and midnight at the FIL building in Lisbon''s Exhibition Park; in the afternoons Taizé Brothers will animate reflection on various issues: economy, peace, fight against poverty, solidarity, security In November 2005, Lisbon will host the International Congress on New Evangelisation. Cardinal José Policarpo, Patriarch of Lisbon said: "The purpose of both the International Congress on New Evangelisation and 27th Meeting of the Taizé Community is to tell people that fraternal love and dialogue born of the Gospel are not only a religious phenomenon, they are a phenomenon of civilisation. The Meeting can be a sign that young adults can be bearers of hope, not fearing God, finding in faith the strength to be builders of a new world." Source: FIDES/ICN
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