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Taizé community head urges young people to 'overcome hopelessness'

The head of the ecumenical Taize community urged young people to "overcome hopelessness" and experience the "miracle of forgiveness."

Brother Roger Schutz, the Swiss Protestant prior of Taize, addressed some 70,000 young people attending Taize's European youth meeting in Budapest.

"Today more than ever, the human family needs to enter a time of trust and comprehension -- it is essential for Christians to be servants of trust, not masters of worry," he said.

"It is not only those with great responsibilities who determine the future of the human family. In every country, so many of the humble of this world are preparing new roads forward. They do not need prestigious abilities to achieve this," he said at the close of last week's conference that drew participants from more than 60 countries.