Bridges, Building relationships between Christians and Muslims – June 2018
For the past month, Muslims have been observing Ramadan: fasting from dawn till dusk, doing extra prayers, extending charity to those in need, and being more mindful of God. Ramadan has also become a wonderful interfaith season. Muslims have invited others to break the fast with them at the evening iftar meal. I have been privileged to attend many such events. I am grateful for the welcome, generosity and hospitality of my hosts.
As an act of Christian solidarity with Muslims, I too have prayed, fasted and given charity, and encouraged other Christians to do the same (see Christian Reflection on Ramadan, p. 2). This solidarity is also being practised in other parts of the world (see Catholics join Muslims in Welcoming Ramadan, p. 3).
We extend greetings to all Muslims for Eid al-Fitr, the Feast of the Breaking (of the fast at the end of the month of Ramadan). We share the goodwill message from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, which invites Christians and Muslims to move from competition to cooperation