Friday, September 12, 2008

Example in Syria of Orthodox and Muslim respect

Muslims are celebrating the holy month of Ramadan, where they fast all day and have "breakfast" after dusk, which is a festive meal. This story describes how the Patriarch treats the Grand Mufti in one of these banquets.

Catholicos Aram I Holds Iftar banquet in Honor of Syria's Grand Mufti
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - 09:55 PM

Damascus, (SANA)- His Holiness Aram I of the Armenian Orthodox Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia on Wednesday evening held an Iftar banquet (Ramadan evening breakfast) in Damascus in honor of Syria's Grand Mufti Dr. Ahmad Badruddin Hassoun.

The Iftar banquet was attended by Secretary General of the Syrian-Lebanese Supreme Council Nassri al-Khouri, senior clergymen of the Monotheists in Syria Sheikh Ahmad al-Hajiri, Damascus Mufti Sheikh Bashir Eid al-Bari, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon of the Syriac Orthodox George Saliba, Armenian Ambassador in Damascus Arshak Poladian and other figures.

Catholicos Aram I and Mufti Hassoun exchanges cordial speeches in which they stressed importance of concerted efforts by Moslem and Christian clergymen for the victor of the principles of justices, right and equality in the world.

They also emphasized the need to spread the culture of peace and justice among all peoples of the world.

Ahmad Fathi ZAHRA