Issued by the Catholic Center for Studies and Media - Jordan. Editor-in-chief Fr. Rif'at Bader - موقع أبونا abouna.org
As our dear brothers and sisters of Islam begin the holy month of Ramadan, Bishop Paolo Martinelli sends his greetings and wishes to everyone. He reminds, this year the holy season of Lent and the holy month of Ramadan happens at he same time, which reminds us to recognize and celebrate that we belong to one human fraternity.
Following is the full text of his message dated March 23, 2023:
Dear brothers and sisters,
With great pleasure, I extend my warmest greetings and good wishes to all my brothers and sisters of Islam as they begin the holy month of Ramadan. This year Ramadan coincides with the Christian holy season of Lent which started three weeks ago. This year both Christians and Muslims have the opportunity to fast, pray and open themselves to the works of Charity at the same time. It is a special time to recognize and celebrate that we belong to one Human Fraternity.
Let us in a special way remember our brothers and sisters all over the world who have been adversely affected by immense difficulties and hardship. In a particular way, we remember the victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, the suffering humanity affected by war, sickness and hunger.
May this holy month help us to be closer to God and to our brothers and sisters. May it help us bring peace and friendship between people and nations to build a more human and fraternal world. May the most merciful and almighty God bless and protect our country and our world.
Bishop Paolo Martinelli OFM Cap
Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia