The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has been on a three day visit to Taizé this weekend. The ecumenical Christian community in France has a huge appeal among young people world-wide.
Dr Williams and his family stayed at Taizé as guests of Brother Alois, head of the community. and others at Taizé. During his stay he spoke to some five thousand pilgrims, mostly young adults, who are currently spending a week or longer there.
The Archbishop also spent time with the various communities of religious sisters attached to, or living close to Taizé. On Friday 7 August 2009 he met the young volunteers who help to welcome and host pilgrims, including many young visistors from the UK.
Taizé is an ecumenical community of brothers living a monastic life dedicated to service of the whole church, and especially to the young and the poor.
Founded by Brother Roger, who was succeeded as leader of the community by Brother Alois, Taizé welcomes tens of thousands of guests, mostly in their teens, twenties and thirties, every year.
This past week, during which the church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration, is the busiest week of the year at Taizé.
For information about Taizé, go to: http://www.taize.fr/en