Berlin - in his speech to the brothers of Taizé and to the participants of 34th European youth meeting in Berlin, Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki recalled a sentence of Pope Benedict during his visit to Germany: "when Pope Benedict XVI saw many candles in September at the vigil of the youth in Freiburg, he called out to young people: 'You are the light of day!'". The youth meeting will begin tomorrow, more than 20,000 participants are expected.
The greeting by Archbishop Woelki to the Taizé meeting:
Dear frère Alois, dear brothers of Taizé, young people from all over Europe,
Welcome to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Berlin!
I am delighted, that you accepted the invitation of my predecessor, the late Archbishop Georg Kardinal Sterzinsky, and held the European youth meeting in Berlin as you celebrate the 34th meeting.
You are welcome in the city, the invitation to make in the "pilgrimage of trust" is not only for Christians.
The scars of the Division of Europe are so clearly visible here than in any other city. You remind us and you, do not relax in the commitment to a fraternal and peaceful Europe.
To Taizé, many candles which are lit at each prayer includes the typical songs for me. When Pope Benedict XVI saw many candles in September at the vigil of the youth in Freiburg, he called out to young people: "You are the light of day!"
This is the deeper meaning of the candles for me. So how light your candles in the exhibition halls, you are so in the next few days here in Berlin but also later in your everyday life on the ground "lights of hope that remain hidden", as the Holy Father has put it.
For this I thank you and wish you good encounters and rich blessings of God from the heart
Rainer Maria Woelki
Archbishop of Berlin
Taizé vocals: Nada te turbe
Taizé vocals: Bless the Lord, my soul!