ASIA/IRAQ - Chaldean patriarch congratulates Muslims for the Eid al Fitr festival and takes part in a dinner for the end of Ramadan

Friday, 15 June 2018 middle east   oriental churches   dialogue   ramadan   fasting

Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - Yesterday evening, Thursday 14 June, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako took part in a dinner held at the Chaldean church of Mar Korkis, in Baghdad, on the occasion of the end of Ramadan, the holy month of Muslims.
Christians, Muslims, Mandaeans and Sabeans, together with local authorities and the Ambassador of the State of Palestine in Baghdad, shared the iftar, the evening meal with which Muslims interrupt the daily fasting during Ramadan.
The festival of Eid al Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, opened with a dinner on Thursday evening, June 14th. The Chaldean Patriarch "on behalf of the Church" also addressed a message of congratulations "to the Muslim sisters and brothers", on the occasion of the event. In this message, released by the official media of the Patriarchate and sent to Agenzia Fides, the Primate of the Chaldean Church - who will be created Cardinal by Pope Francis on June 28 - also appealed to the winners of the parliamentary elections held on May 12, asking them "to be ready to sacrifice themselves for the love of Iraq and the Iraqi people", and "to save our country from the present dangerous political and social crisis". The Patriarch asks to overcome the post-election stalemate and resolve disputes arising from accusations and suspicions of electoral fraud, which risk paralyzing the institutional and political life of the Country. "Christians", the Chaldean Patriarch assured, "are praying in all the churches so that there will soon be a solid government that can guide Iraq towards the port of peace". (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 15/6/2018)