Taizé is a tiny village in south-eastern France, not far from Cluny*, and is the name chosen by a community of brothers founded there just after World War II. A seminary graduate, Roger Schultz (1915-2005), resisted the career of pastoring a church in response to a strong inner call to live a monastic life (this was rather unusual for one coming from the Calvinist tradition). In 1940, early in the Second World War, Brother Roger found a small house in this tiny village located a short distance from the demarcation line. It became a place of refuge for Jews fleeing from the Nazis. After living alone for two years, Roger was joined by several others, and in 1949, when their number had...

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