Port Louis, 22 May, 2020 / 4:48 am (ACI Africa).
As Muslims around the world prepare to mark Eid al-Fitr, the celebration of the end of the dawn-to-sunset month-long fasting of Ramadan, the head of the Catholic Church in the Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius has expressed his solidarity with the Muslim faithful in the country, regretting COVID-19 related restrictions that will limit gatherings.
“Dear brothers and sisters of Muslim faith, I fully understand your disappointment at not being able to celebrate it (Eid al-Fitr), with the community, at the mosque, and in the joy of large family reunions, as you are used to,” the Bishop of Port-Louis Diocese, Maurice Cardinal Piat said Thursday, May 21.
“Having experienced the same frustration at Easter last month, we can sympathize with you on this point,” the Cardinal added in his message published on the website of Port Louis Diocese.
The marking of such religious celebrations in confinement “is a spiritual sacrifice that we can offer to God by asking Him to protect the Mauritian people and help them come out more fraternal and more united in this great ordeal,” Cardinal Piat, a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), reflected.
Ahead of the start of the Holy Month of Ramadhan, the Church in Mauritius on May 14 joined Muslims in the country for a day of prayer, youth and charitable work in response to the call of the Vatican-affiliated interreligious High Committee for Human Fraternity for a day of “prayer and supplication” to God for an end to the pandemic.