AFRICA/EGYPT – Coptic Patriarch Tawadros: Christians and Muslims should experience Lent and Ramadan as a time of fasting and healing

AFRICA/EGYPT – Coptic Patriarch Tawadros: Christians and Muslims should experience Lent and Ramadan as a time of fasting and healing

Cairo (Agenzia Fides) – This year the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins on the evening of Saturday, April 2, which coincides with the last weeks of Christian Lent, during which Christians prepare for Easter, the feast of the Resurrection of Christ . The Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II, in a message of greetings sent to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi and addressed to all Muslim compatriots, for the beginning of Ramadan, underlines this coincidence, inviting everyone, Christians and Muslims, to cherish this circumstance and to live together these “highlights” marked in the respective spiritual traditions by the pious practices of fasting, prayer and almsgiving.
Periods of penance – underlined Pope Tawadros in his message – are always “blessed times” of healing in the spiritual life of those who, touching their limits and their physical weaknesses especially through the practice of fasting, can recognize that all their spiritual and material life depends on the free gifts of God’s mercy.
In recent days, the Egyptian media have highlighted facts and situations in which the time of Ramadan is experienced as an opportunity for sharing and spiritual and material closeness between Muslims and Christians. Events like that of Abanoub Adel, a young Coptic Christian leader from Cairo who said he always shared the practice of fasting with his fellow Muslim students during Ramadan, also collaborating in the preparation of decorations displayed in the streets during the holy month. of Islam. , and share with their Muslim friends both charitable initiatives in favor of the poorest families, as well as breakfasts and evening meals to break the fast. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 04/01/2022)


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