Shock at murder of Brother Roger Schutz

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17 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has expressed his dismay at the murder of Brother Roger Schutz, the founder of the Taizé ecumenical community.

17 August 2005

AMSTERDAM — Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has expressed his dismay at the murder of Brother Roger Schutz, the founder of the Taizé ecumenical community.

Balkenende did not know the 90-year-old cleric personally, but 20 years ago Balkenende —  the leader of the Dutch Christian Democrat Party (CDA) — visited Taizé in France with friends.

Brother Roger was stabbed to death by a mentally unstable woman during a prayer service in the Burgundy region on Tuesday evening.

Since setting up the ecumenical community in 1940, Brother Roger had been a particular inspiration for young people, Balkenende said.

His community, the prime minister said, was set up as a "sign of hope in a pitch-black period" and continued right up to today to contribute to reconciliation between religious movements.

PKN, the body representing many Protestant churches in the Netherlands, has also expressed sorrow and dismay at the cleric's death.

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