Pope Francis has felicitated with the Muslims world over the commencement of the Ramadan fast, assuring that Catholics all over the world are in prayerful solidarity with the Muslims.
The pope, in a Ramadan message also appealed for harmony among religions adherent between Muslims and Christians in the interest of global peace and development and in honour of the holy month of Ramadan.
In a message titled: “Message for the Month of Ramadan and ‘Id Al-Fitr”, he said Catholics followers are also observing the fasting with the Muslim counterparts.
The messaged jointly signed on his behalf by Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran and Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, President and Secretary of the Christians and Muslims: Caring for our Common Home, MCCl, respectively.
“We wish to assure you of our prayerful solidarity during this time of fasting in the month of Ramadan and the celebration of ‘Id al-Fitr that concludes it, and we extend to you our heartfelt best wishes for serenity, joy and abundant spiritual gifts,” it said.
The Pope said the experience of both religious communities affirms the value of this message for promoting cordial relations between Christian and Muslim neighbours and friends, by offering insights on current and pressing issues.