The Vatican’s interreligious dialogue council released a statement Friday sending “fraternal good wishes” to Muslims for the month of Ramadan.
“We, Christians and Muslims, are called to be bearers of hope, for the present life and for the life to come, and to be witnesses, restorers and builders of this hope, especially for those experiencing difficulties and despair,” the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue stated in the message published April 16.
Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, the head of the Vatican’s interreligious dialogue council, and Msgr Indunil Janakaratne Kodithuwakku Kankanamalage, the council’s secretary, signed the message, “Christians and Muslims: Witnesses of Hope,” on March 29.
Ramadan is a month in the Islamic calendar of fasting, prayer, and acts of service. It began this year on April 13 and will last until May 12.
The Vatican statement acknowledged that the past year has been marked by “long months of suffering, anguish and sorrow, especially during the lockdown periods” in many countries.