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Catholic Bishops in Niger Send “best wishes” to Muslims Ending Holy Month of Ramadan

Archbishop Djalwana Laurent Lompo of Niger presenting a goodwill message to the Muslim faithful. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Niger have extended their goodwill message to the Muslim faithful in the West African nation for concluding the Holy Month of Ramadan, marked by the celebration of Eid al-Fitr (the festival of breaking the fast). 

In their Wednesday, May 12 video message posted on Facebook, the Bishops expressed optimism that the Muslim faithful in the country had spent the holy month of Ramadan praying for a just and peaceful society.

“It is a great joy for us Bishops of Niger to send you, in the name of all the Catholic communities of Niger, our best wishes at the end of the holy month of Ramadan,” the Catholic Bishops in Niger say in the message that was read out by Archbishop Djalwana Laurent Lompo of Niamey Archdiocese.

The Catholic Church leaders express their awareness of how challenging the holy month of Ramadan has been for Muslim faithful in Niger “because of the intense heat, the high cost of living and terrorist attacks in several parts of the country leading to the loss of human life.”

The Bishops who are members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger (CEBN) continue, “Ramadan as a time of prayer, almsgiving, fasting and reconciliation has been for you a precious moment to return to God by seeking His mercy, forgiveness, wisdom and peace in this difficult time.” 

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They laud the Muslim faithful for taking part in the holy month of Ramadan saying, “At a time when extremism throughout the world is using all means and even the name of God for wicked purposes, it is important that true believers engage in practices that require truth, love of neighbor and self-giving.”

“As believers in one God living in Niger, Muslims and Christians alike, we are all called to walk the path of goodness, compassion and justice in the example of God who is rich in mercy,” the Catholic Bishops in Niger say in their May 12 statement.  

“May your acts of conversion and reconciliation that this blessed time of Ramadan has allowed you to pray for build a Nigerian society of justice, truth and peace,” the Bishops tell the Muslim faithful in the West African nation. 

The people of God in Niger have been experiencing violence, one of the latest being the March 21 jihadist attack on a series of villages in the country’s Tahoua region that left 137 people dead. 

“May God Almighty and merciful bless you abundantly. May he strengthen our faith and grant peace and a fruitful future to our country. Happy Ramadan to all,” the members of CEBN say in their May 12 message.

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