Custos of the Holy Land Fr. Patton holds an iftar banquet in Jerusalem

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Custos of the Holy Land Fr. Patton holds an iftar banquet in Jerusalem

custodia.org

The traditions of the Old City for the holy month of Muslims and the event organized on the rooftop of Casa Nova with the city representatives.

In a scene that reflects the spirit of brotherhood and the real possibility of coexistence between Christians and Muslims in Jerusalem, Custos of the Holy Land, Fr. Francesco Patton, has welcomed different personalities of the city to share a Ramadan iftar, the dinner that breaks the daily fast of Ramadan.

On June 1, this traditional meal was consumed on the rooftop of Casa Nova, a pilgrim reception center founded by the Franciscans in the 16th century and located in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, a few meters from the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher.

Present at the banquet was Br. Ibrahim Faltas, director of Casa Nova Jerusalem. He said: "This is a month that brings everyone together. Every person who came here tonight did it with the heart and with the desire to meet. I think it is an ideal evening of Ramadan. Diplomats, politicians, the governor of Jerusalem and representatives of the various Churches attended. "

Palestinian Minister for the Affairs of Jerusalem Adnan Al-Husseini said: "It is an important meeting which represents an extension of the meeting that St Francis of Assisi had with the Sultan in 1219. It is an evening which shows the character of integration that distinguishes the Palestinian people."

He added: "We're giving a very meaningful message tonight. It is an ordinary gathering, but it is very important that it happens during Ramadan, in the center of Jerusalem, bringing together Christians and Muslims. They are the people who populate this land as well as enjoy the company and the good relationships that bind them, giving a unique and shared message. "

The sense of community and generosity towards the most needy are in fact two characteristic features of Ramadan, which falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is the fourth of the five pillars of Islam.

During the days of Ramadan the Muslim quarter of the old city of Jerusalem comes alive in an explosion of colors and lights, as well as culinary traditions, renewed only in this period.

Ramadan ends on the feast day called Aid Al Fitr, at the end of the lunar phase, which in 2018 will fall on June 14.

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:01
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