#ShortNews: Marawi Catholics join Muslims in welcoming Ramadan

Catholics in the battle-scarred southern Philippine city of Marawi have joined the predominantly Muslim community in welcoming the start of the Islamic month of Ramadan this week. A thousand Catholic and Muslim residents participated in the start of the “Duyog Ramadan” celebration spearheaded by the Catholic prelature in the city’s Datu Saber district on May 13.

The annual celebration, which started in 1979, aims to encourage Christian families to “accompany” their Muslim neighbors in fasting, prayer and service to the poor.

Reynaldo Barnido, executive secretary of Duyog Marawi, said the Ramadan activity would not only be a symbolic gesture for Catholics but “a vow to accompany Muslims even in the hardest times.” And a celebration of victory against individuals and groups who intended to destroy the unity we’re forging between Christians and Muslims.

Read More: https://www.ucanews.com/news/marawi-catholics-join-muslims-in-welcoming-ramadan/82298

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