30,000 young Christians attend Strasbourg gathering
STRASBOURG, France (AFP) - Some 30,000 young Christians from across Europe - Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox - descended on Strasbourg on Saturday for a four-day gathering to share prayers and reflect on social issues.
The 36th European meeting of the Taize community, an ecumenical monastic order in Taize in eastern France, will end on New Year's Day with prayers for the new year.
Organisers of the event said some 20,000 participants aged 17 to 35 were being given accommodation in the Strasbourg area, while another 10,000 young adults were taking part without requiring a place to stay.
Most of the visitors come from Poland, Ukraine, France, Germany and Italy.