Around 30,000 young Christians arrived in Berlin on Wednesday for a meeting organised by the ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, France.
The event, which also takes its name from the Burgundy order is in its the 34th year, bringing together Catholics and Protestants.
“It’s my third time coming to a Taizé New Year meeting. My New Year celebrations are really great. I get to meet new people, to really share a good new year, and to think about the year that we’ve just had and the year that’s yet to come,” said one girl from France.
Another young man from Italy said he was happy to be at the event: “It’s a good experience and I have good expectations. I’m sure that I’m going to have a lot of fun and make new friends of course, and also to be more reflective about myself.”
The young people will stay with host families in the German capital – often in basic accommodation.
During the five-day event, 150 churches are taking part and prayers will be held three times a day.
Attendees have also been asked to bring simple medical equipment and medicines that can be donated to poor areas of North Korea.