Brother Roger laid to rest in Taizé

More than 10,000 people gathered inside and outside the Church of the Reconciliation in Taizé for last night's funeral of Brother Roger Shutz, the founder of the Taizé ecumenical community, who was killed a week ago by a deranged Romanian woman during evening prayer.

AsiaNews reports that the ceremony began at 10:00 pm Sydney time and lasted almost two hours. Outside the church, the faithful followed the function on a large screen.

German President Horst Koehler and French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy were at the service, so were many religious figures including Cardinal Walter Kasper, Chairman of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Also present were Rev Jean-Arnold de Clermont, Chairman of the French Protestant Federation and of the Conference of European Churches, Lutheran Bishop Wolfgang Huber, Chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church of Germany, Archpriest Mickail Gundiaev representing the Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow and representatives of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

Cardinal Kasper presided at Brother Roger's funeral, following the Catholic rite. Brotehr Roger was originally an Evangelical Christian. Cardinal Kasper was assisted by four monks from the Taizé community.

Meanwhile in Australia, the NSW Ecumenical Council is organising a memorial service at St Mary's Cathedral, tonight, this evening at 6:00 pm. There will be a service in Canberra tomorrow at 7:30 pm, in the Chapel of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. In Melbourne, the Memorial Service will be held at St Pau's Cathedral on Friday at 8:00 pm.

"Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have been inspired by his commitment to the unity of God's people," said Uniting Church NSW Synod General Secretary Rev Paul Swadling. "The founders of the Uniting Church in Australia shared his vision. At a World Council of Churches Assembly some years ago the gathered delegates from around the world said, 'We intend to stay together!' "

Brother Roger laid to rest in Taizé (AsiaNews.it 23/8/05)
Memorial services for Brother Roger (Insights 22/8/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
KTO-TV (video of ceremony available soon in archive)

Catholic funeral for Taizé's Brother Roger (CathNews 23/8/05)
Pope shocked at slaying of Taizé's Brother Roger (CathNews 18/8/05)

Thousands bid farewell to Br Roger of Taizé (catholicireland.net 23/8/05)
Christian leader stabbed to death (BBC 17/8/05)
Follow Brother Roger's funeral on the internet (Taizé)
Thousands mourn slain Taize founder (Catholic World News 23/8/05)
French church slaying suspect under probe (Associated Press/News-Sentinel 18/8/05)
10,000 at Funeral in France of Slain Taize Leader (New York Times/AFP 23/8/05)
Religious and civic leaders present (Taize)
A man of peace cut down (The Tablet 20/8/05)
The WCC shares in grief at the death of Taizé's founder, "a witness to the gospel and to ecumenical dialogue" (World Council of Churches 17/8/05)
Cardinal Kasper to Preside at Brother Roger's Funeral (Zenit 22/8/05)

24 Aug 2005