The Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem and Amman has conveyed well wishes to the Arab and Islamic worlds on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, according to a statement sent by the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Amman. The statement says that in this month, the Muslims demonstrate obedience to God’s will, lift up prayers, as well as exercise mercy and compassion for the poor with donations and in-kind aid.
The statement says, “The Latin Patriarchate–represented by bishops, priests, nuns and the faithful locked down in their homes–conveys well wishes to the Muslim brethren in Jordan including the leadership, the government and the people.” It quotes Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali as saying, “We implore the Almighty God to accept our supplications and inspire scientists to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and suitable medicines that heal the world from the pandemic so that Eid Al Fitr would be marked at a time when Jordan and the world would have recovered from this pandemic.”
For his part, CCSM Director Fr. Dr. Rif’at Bader said that the well-wishes message conveyed by the Latin Patriarchate is an expression of love and brotherhood, especially this year where Easter and Ramadan are marked in one week. He indicated that a Vatican message conveying well-wishes will be issued shortly.
The CCSM director’s statement added, ”Best wishes are extended to the homeland under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II. Best wishes are also conveyed to the extended Jordanian family which acts in unison and solidarity for the wellness of humans and in defense of their life, rights, and dignity, foremost of which are good health and safety in their homes under the Hashemite leadership.