Brother Roger "one of the best-loved Christian leaders of our time"
Sep 06, 2005
The death of the 90-year-old founder of the Taizé Community in France at the hands of a woman wielding a knife shocked world Christian leaders.
Roger Schutz was killed August 16 as he prayed during a gathering of 2,500 young pilgrims at the community’s center in Burgundy. Police arrested a 36-year-old Romanian woman thought to be mentally ill.
Schutz, a Swiss Protestant, founded the Taizé Community in 1940 as an ecumenical monastic community which advanced contemplative life among Protestants and spanned denominational and generational boundaries.
Beginning in the 1960s, thousands of young people, coming initially from Europe, then from the whole world, attended Taizé regularly. The community has more than 100 Protestant and Catholic brothers from more than 25 nations.