"Together for Europe" in Munich
The fourth International Edition of Together for Europe took place in Munich from the 30th June to 2nd July. Together for Europe is a network of Christian movements, united with the purpose of promoting reconciliation and unity of Christians and Churches.
1700 members from 200 Movements coming from 40 different countries gathered for a two-day congress at the « Circus Krone ». Beca and Pedro Bobone, secretary couple of the International Leading Team of TOL, represented the Movement, in the absence of the International Responsible Couple « Tó et Zé Moura Soares ». Representatives of the SR France, Luxembourg, Switzerland and also of the Attached Region Germanophone were also present.
Maria Voce, president of the Focolare Movement opened the gathering saying the following: “…We commit ourselves to becoming an instrument of a new vision of Europe, through a deep dialogue between all men and women on earth…. » There were also two very encouraging video messages, one from the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and another one from Pope Francis which were sources of great joy for the audience.
During these two days, several speakers intervened. Thus Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Christians, Bishop Frank Ottfried July, vice president of the Lutheran World federation, the Orthodox Romanian Metropolitan of Germany and many others gave important testimonies of numerous unity experiences of reconciliation between churches and communities.
Cardinal Walter Kasper said: “500 years of division is enough, we have a commitment to unity, otherwise we betray Christ…”
Besides 19 forums and 17 Round Tables gathered the participants around essential issues regarding our Continent. For example, Lioba and Andreas Ennemoser, the responsible couple for the Attached Region Germanophone, made a communication in one of the Round Tables called “Marriage and Family – the basis of a society of the future.
The Congress finished with a final Outdoor Rally in Karlsplatz with the participation of quite a lot of young people. The voice of youth was powerful and full of hope. A Great hope for the future!