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Atlantis Community Lavalla200> at the Taizé pilgrimage of trust

18/10/2019: South Africa

From 25th to 29th September, the members of Atlantis Marist International Community (Lavalla200>) were involved in the Taizé International Pilgrimage of Trust, which was held at St. Joseph's Marist College (Cape Town). This gathering brought together nearly 3,000 people from around the world. Under the theme ‘Together, seeking paths of hope', its objective was to provide a great celebration in Christ - source of peace and reconciliation, to offer moments of faith sharing among peoples of different cultures, and to live an experience of church as communion.

All pilgrims were allocated to different Christian faith communities around the city of Cape Town. In these places, were welcomed by host families, who opened their homes and hearts to all. The daily program consisted of spending each morning in host parish for morning prayer, listening to stories of hope from local people followed by other activities. All pilgrims were, then, transported to St Joseph’s (the central venue) for meals, moments of Taizé prayer, workshops, reflection, silence, sharing and communion.

In the week preceding the international meeting (19 to 25 Sept), the Marist International Community, together with the Atlantis Anglican parish, hosted seven participants from three European countries (France, Germany and Lithuania) for a brief immersion experience. The pilgrims were generously hosted by parish families. During these days, they had the opportunity to get to know something of the complex and challenging realities of Atlantis, have dialogue with local leaders, visit places of hope and engage in activities with children and youth.

The ecumenical communion and interreligious spirit of Taizé is a sign of hope for this turbulent world. Connecting with many people of different cultures – unity in diversity -, makes real the Call of the XXII General Chapter for the Marists of Champagnat: to be creative bridge-builders.

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