Vatican City, 28 December 2013 (VIS) – Archbishop Pietro Parolin, secretary of State, has sent a message on behalf of the Holy Father to the participants in the 36th European Meeting organised by the Taize community, which will take place in Strasbourg, France from 28 December to 1 January 2014.

The archbishop reminds the young of the need for commitment, faith and courage in this difficult moment that Europe is currently experiencing. “You are aware that the division among Christians is a formidable obstacle to the accomplishment of the mission entrusted to the Church, and that the credibility of the Christian proclamation would be much greater if Christians were to overcome their divisions. The Pope shares with you the conviction that we can learn so much from each other, because the realities that unite us are many.

“The Pope counts on you so that, by means of your faith and your witness, the spirit of peace and reconciliation of the Gospel may shine forth among your contemporaries”.

The message concludes with the Holy Father’s blessing to the young participants in the meeting and the brothers of Taize, along with the pastors and all those who welcome them in Alsace and Ortenau.