Muslims pray for Christian victims of pogrom
The beginning of the Muslim period of fasting known as "Ramadan"
coincided with the feast honoring Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Muslim intellectuals in Italy pledged to dedicate prayers to Christian
victims of Hindu violence in India.
Friday, September 05, 2008
By Spero News
At the Great Mosque in Rome, prayers were dedicated to "our Christian
brothers" plagued by violence and persecution at the hands of Hindu
fundamentalists in the Indian state of Orissa.
Italian Muslim intellectuals, in a statement, pledged to a day of
prayer and fasting promoted by the Italian Bishops Conference for
Christians in India, on the day marking the memory of Blessed Mother
Teresa of Calcutta.
"We want to set a good example by gathering in prayer and we encourage
all Muslims to accept the invitation", said Ahmad Gianpiero Vincenzo,
president of Italian Muslim Intellectuals.
Karim Mezran, professor of Midle East Studies at the John Hopkins
University campus at Bologna, said that "the initiative will fall
during our holy fasting month of Ramadan" as well as Friday, the day
of common prayer. "The community is practising its faith and this will
be very significant to show that our religions are closer in more ways
than anyone imagined", he added.