Bishop calls Ramadan a gift for humanity

ABU DHABI — Paul Hinder, Catholic Bishop in Abu Dhabi, has expressed best wishes for the people of the UAE as they embarked upon a month-long period of fasting to seek God’s blessings during Ramadan.

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Published: Sun 24 Sep 2006, 9:48 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:26 PM

In an open letter addressed to the Muslims, the Bishop said, “The month of Ramadan is a gift to humanity, for it is a time for turning back to God and towards one's brothers and sisters, and for strengthening family ties.”

He said that Christians who are obedient to God's Word wish to continue to build bridges of friendship and understanding with followers of all religions, in order to seek the true good of every person and of society as a whole.

“As the leader of all Catholics in the Gulf States, I wish to say that our priority is the good of the Muslim societies of the Gulf which have welcomed us as guests. If there were words or attitudes from our side which have, or could have, hurt your religious feelings, I ask for pardon. As for me, I shall respect the first day of Ramadan as a personal fast-day in solidarity with you,” he added.

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