What can Catholics learn from Ramadan?

A priest offers some insight, via CNS:  The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which started July 20 in many countries, is a time of fasting, prayer and repentance, when Muslims distance themselves from worldly activities in an effort to align their lives more closely with God and his laws. According to the Vatican’s point man [Read More...]

Ramadan isn’t Lent —and a few other things you should know

My colleague at CNEWA, Fr. Elias Mallon, last year wrote a superb essay on how Muslims observe Ramadan. (Among other things, his piece was honored last month with a Catholic Press Association Award).  We’ve excerpted part of it over at CNEWA’s award-winning blog, “One-to-One”, in honor of the start of the holy season.   In [Read More...]

Happy Eid

As Ramadan ends, this video below is making the rounds, courtesy a group called My Fellow American: My Fellow American is an online film and social media project that calls upon concerned Americans to pledge and spread a message that Muslims are our fellow Americans. It asks people of other backgrounds to pledge, and share [Read More...]

Nevermind: Catholic school won't host Ramadan dinner

But it will take place at another location, according to reports out of Cincinnati: Mother of Mercy, a Catholic girls high school, complied with a request from Archbishop Dennis Schnurr and backed out of hosting an interfaith Ramadan dinner at the school Friday night. Instead, the dinner will be held in the Catholic Center at [Read More...]

Vatican message to Muslims: "We are spiritually very close to you…"

The traditional message for the conclusion of Ramadan this year includes a plea for peace and an end to fanatacism. Excerpt: Christians and Muslims, beyond their differences, recognise the dignity of the human person endowed with both rights and duties. They think that intelligence and freedom are indeed gifts which must impel believers to recognize these values [Read More...]

Catholic teenager fasts for Ramadan

Surprised? Read all about it: For a month last year, Jordan Pahl, 16 at the time, awoke each day before sunrise. She dragged herself out of bed at 4 a.m., trudged down the stairs and grabbed an apple or yogurt out of the refrigerator. It was to be her last bit of sustenance before nightfall. [Read More...]