Holy Father Pope Francis has sent a message encouraging the young Catholics from across Europe who are attending the Taize Community Meeting taking place in the Swiss city, Basel. In his message, His Holiness Pope Francis exhorted the people to spread the joy of the gospel and asked them to stay connected to the Lord Almighty by praying and listening to His Word so that he may help them develop their talents in order to promote a culture of encounter.

As reported by Vatican radio, Holy Father Pope Francis also recalled the marking in 2017, of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and invited the young people to continue to be enriched by the diversity of the gifts given to all disciples of Christ and to show the world that the Gospel unites  all Christians beyond the wounds of the divisions.

Holy Father Pope Francis focused on the need to promote the culture of encounter and to pursue the path of Christian unity. The Taize Community is an ecumenical Christian monastic order founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schutz, a reformed protestant, who wrote the guidelines for the community’s life. The community has become one of the world’s  most important site of Christian pilgrimage, with a focus on youth.