Dec 1, 2015

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Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust in Benin

Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust in Benin

If you are between the ages of 18 and 30 yrs old and you are interested in this African pilgrimage of trust in Benin in September 2016, please email info@christianspirit.co.za

International young adult meeting in Cotonou

Take part in a pilgrimage of trust with thousands of young adults from Benin, from West Africa and elsewhere.

– Celebrate Christ, the source of peace and communion. Pray, sing, be in silence and talk about the faith.

– Be welcomed in families, to share with people from other cultures and experience the life of other Christians in Cotonou.

– Experience the Church as a ferment of unity in the human family.

– Search for paths of solidarity around you.

The international young adult meeting in Cotonou from 31 August to 4 September 2016 is a stage of the “pilgrimage of trust on earth” undertaken by the Taizé Community (France).

This meeting aims to support young people in their spiritual quest. It is an encouragement to deepen trust in God, in oneself and in others. It invites us to be attentive to the signs of hope around us and to take responsibility to become a leaven of peace and trust in the Church and in society.

The daily program includes prayer together and a time of sharing in the morning in the parishes, and in the afternoon at a central location.

Hospitality is an essential aspect of the pilgrimage. Participants from outside will be welcomed by parishes and local communities and offered accommodation in simple conditions.

Each day, transportation will be organized to and from the host parish and the central location.

Coming to the Cotonou meeting means taking part in the entire program and preparing oneself in advance.

Practical Information

Dates: Wednesday, August 31 to Sunday, September 4, 2016.

Participants must be between 17 to 35 years old.

Housing is in families or, if necessary, group accommodations (schools, halls).

Meals are simple and served in the central place at midday and evening. (Breakfast in the family or the host parish.)

Participation in the costs of the meeting is adapted to the possibilities of each participant. Those from Cotonou, with no journey necessary, are asked to make a contribution. Beninese from elsewhere, who already have to pay for their journey, do not need to make a contribution. Non-Beninese should contact cotonou@taize.fr.

Registration deadline: 1 August 2016!

How to begin preparing already?

1. Pray with your local community. This will help make the trip a spiritual journey, in connection with your parish, group or movement.

2. Reflect with others on the “Proposals 2015. Being salt of the earth” Sharing with those around us a zest for life, Committing ourselves to reconciliation, Working for peace, Taking care of our earth.

3. Look for and meet with the witnesses to hope around you.

(from the Taizé website)

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