An Indian Catholic priest spoke to an assembly of the Muslim faithful gathered in a mosque for Friday prayers, thanking them for humanitarian aid received after the recent floods in Kerala. As Fides learns, Fr. Joseph Puthussery visited the Juma mosque at Vechoor in Kottayam district, Kerala (state of South India) and delivered a thanksgiving speech at the prayer hall. The priest reported that, with a spirit of great solidarity, many Muslim faithful brought food and assistance to the flood victims who had taken shelter at his church, located in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly.
Fr Puthussery recalled the appeal of Pope Francis to “build bridges, not walls”, underlining the need to continue interreligious collaboration to promote harmony in society. “This fraternal bond must not cease: we will have to transmit the values we have rediscovered through this calamity to new generations”, he added.