In August 2005, Brother Roger, the charismatic founder and leader of the Taize community in France, was stabbed to death during a worship service where more than 2000 young people were present. Brother Rogers death came almost 65 years after he had crossed the border from his native Switzerland into war-ravaged France to attempt to realize a vision of reconciliation in the tiny village of Taize. At a time when Europe was torn asunder, Brother Roger had asked himself why such conflict should exist between people, and particularly between Christians. He found himself called to establish a community in which reconciliation and peace would be made concrete day by day. Today, thousands of young people from all over the world and from all denominations gather each week at Taize to pray, study and worship.
This is the updated biography of the man who made the phenomenon of Taize possible. It is the story of a life which took Brother Roger from the slums of Calcutta and New York?s Hell?s Kitchen to the United Nations building and the great cathedrals of Europe. Brother Roger was imbued with a spontaneity and wisdom that made him the companion of popes and of little children.
Kathryn Spink is the author of best-selling biographies, which have sold worldwide in over fifteen languages. She is the authorized biographer of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, chronicler of the South African womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s human rights organization, the Black Sash, and translator of City of Joy and other books by Dominique Lapierre. Research for Kathryn SpinkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s books has taken her from the slums and ashrams of India to the townships of South Africa, the apartment blocks of Moscow and the nomad tents of the Algerian desert. She was born in a Himalayan hill station and spent her childhood in the British embassies of Bonn and Vienna. She read modern languages at Oxford, then entered the Metropolitan Police and spent three years dealing with crime on the streets of London.
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- Archbishop Desmond Tutu