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Publication Date: 19 Feb 2015
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 288
Author: Kathryn Spink
ISBN-13: 9780281057993, 9780281073573

A Universal Heart

The Life and Vision of Brother Roger of Taize
By Kathryn Spink
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In August 2005, Brother Roger, the charismatic founder and leader of the Taizé community was attacked and killed whilst praying with more than 2,000 young people. His death came almost 65 years after he crossed the border from his native Switzerland into war-ravaged France and settled in the tiny village of Taizé. At a time when Europe was torn asunder, Brother Roger pondered 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.

The Taizé community has become one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage. Over 100,000 young people from around the world travel there each year for prayer, Bible study, sharing, and communal work. Through the community’s ecumenical outlook, they are encouraged to live in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation. 2015 is an anniversary year to celebrate.
About the Author
Kathryn Spink is the author of prize-winning biographies, which have sold worldwide in over fifteen languages. She is the authorized biographer of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, chronicler of the South African women's human rights organization, the Black Sash, and translator of City of Joy and other books by Dominique Lapierre. The script of the film City of Joy, starring Pauline Collins and Patrick Swayze, was based on her translation. Kathryn is married and lives in Surrey.
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