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The village of Taizé (Burgundy, France) is the location of an ecumenical and international Christian monastic community with the same name. Founded in 1940, the community became a focal point for the renewal of Christian traditions and churches in the 1960s and has duplicated its spirituality and liturgy all over the world via regional conferences and filial communities since the 1980s. Taizé thus contributed significantly to the development of (Christian) world spirituality.

The community of Taizé was founded by Roger Schütz, a Protestant lay person from Geneva, Switzerland. At the outbreak of World War II, he realized his vision to help refugees from occupied French territories, mostly Jews. After 2 years of hiding in Geneva, he returned with several companions in 1944 and helped orphans and ...

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