Christian and Muslim communities can work together to safeguard places of worship, thereby helping guarantee the freedom to profess one’s own belief, said the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue’s annual message to Muslims for the end of Ramadan.
Cardinal Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, president of the council, also said he was wishing and praying “that Christians and Muslims, united in a spirit of fraternity, demonstrate solidarity” with all of humanity, affected as it has been by the coronavirus.
In a separate note added to the annual message, which had been written before the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, he asked Christians and Muslims to pray that God would protect “every human being,” and, especially, pray “for the healing of the afflicted and for the grace for all to overcome these difficult moments”.
The annual message to Muslims for the month of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the monthlong Ramadan fast, was published by the Vatican on 1st May. Ramadan began on 24th April and will end on or around 23rd May this year.
Picture: Muslim men wearing masks offer prayers at a mosque on the first Friday of Ramadan, 1st May 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic in New Delhi. A Vatican official said Christians and Muslims can protect places of worship together. (CNS photo/Anushree Fadnavis, Reuters).