We spent our New Year 2016-17 in an ecumenical Taizé meeting in Riga, Latvia, with 15,000 young people who had come together to pray, make a pilgrimage and to meet young people from all over Europe and the world. The four of us were blessed to be placed into host families, me with my sister Anna and Henriikka (you can read her report from Riga here) and Walaa together. We got to experience the warm hospitality of the Latvians and can be grateful. This year the ones of us that had been to Taizé meetings before were happy to see so many friends from previous years.
From 28th December 2016 to 1st January 2017, young adult Christians – Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant – from all over Europe gathered in Riga, the capital of Latvia, for the 39th European meeting animated by the Taizé Community.
We had prepared for the meeting by praying as well as by reading some Latvian history. Our grandparents and parents had told us about their travel to the Baltic countries a few decades ago. During the meeting, we were accommodated in local host families. With our hosts, we could discuss what it was like to live in Latvia and in other countries today. We were really touched and grateful they wanted to open their houses to us and share this experience with us.
This is a blog about being young and Catholic in Finland.
Yiran, or Maria Micaela. Born in China but baptised in Spain (2015), student in Turku. Participant of the Youth Weekends at Stella Maris. Cooking, running and photography are my hobbies.