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Pope pays tribute to slain Taizé founder

August 11, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to Brother Roger (1915-2005), founder of the Taizé ecumenical community, as an “untiring witness of Gospel peace and reconciliation” in a brief letter written on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of his murder. The letter, dated July 9, was published in the August 11 edition of L’Osservatore Romano; it was written by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone on Pope Benedict’s behalf.

“Brother Roger was a pioneer on the difficult path towards the unity of the disciples of Christ,” the letter stated. “Now that he has entered into eternal joy, he continues to speak to us. His testimony of an ecumenism of holiness can inspire us on our path towards unity.”


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  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Aug. 11, 2010 4:26 PM ET USA

    It sounds like he was a good man but it's a tragedy that he died outside the Church. Only God knows whether or not he had a baptism of desire or not by I will certainly pray that it was so.