The Holy See has congratulated the Islamic community for the month of Ramadan. In the same vein, the Focolare Movement and numerous Islamic communities have expressed in a congress a closeness that "goes beyond dialogue".
Text - Fina Trèmols i Garanger
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has congratulated the Islamic community around the world on the occasion of the beginning of the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, Ramadan, known internationally as the period in which they practice daily fasting from dawn to sunset.
"Mindful of the gifts that flow from Ramadan, we join you in thanking the merciful God for his benevolence and generosity," the communiqué states, "sharing some reflections concerning a vital aspect of Christian-Muslim relations: the need to move from competition to collaboration."
The message refers to the fact that, in the past, relations between Christians and Muslims have been, in most cases, marked by a spirit of competition, giving rise to negative consequences such as jealousy, recriminations and tension.