Faith Leaders in Mauritius Hope Ramadan will “increase faith, hope, charity” of Believers

Some members of the Council of Religions in Mauritius . Credit: Catholic Diocese of Port Louis/Facebook

Faith-based leaders in the Indian Ocean Island nation of Mauritius have expressed the hope that the Holy Month of Ramadan will increase the faith, hope and charity of believers.

In their message to the Muslim community at the start of Ramadan, members of the Council of Religions (CoR) in Mauritius also commend the people of God in the country for their steadfast commitment amid numerous challenges.

“The holy month of Ramadan will once again be observed with great fervour by our Muslim brothers and The Council of Religions wishes them 'Ramadan Kareem'”, CoR members say in their statement issued Sunday, April 3.

They implore, “We pray that God the Almighty hears the prayers of His people and increases faith, hope and charity in us.” 

“We are sure that the spiritual exercises of Ramadan will also strengthen the inner life of believers,” CoR members say.


The faith-based leaders note that the “month of fasting will be for many a time of solidarity to contribute to the needs of others and especially to the needy in society.”

“The spirituality that brings us closer to God the Creator will also bring us closer to our brothers and sisters so that they have enough to eat and do not suffer the precariousness of life that destroys the dignity of the human person,” they add.

This year’s holy month of Ramadan began on April 2 and is expected to end May 3 with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the festival of breaking the fast.

In their April 3 message obtained by ACI Africa, members of CoR highlight some of the lessons learned from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic was a prophetic sign for the planet earth,” CoR members say, and add, “The materialistic world that was soaring without regard for the common good suddenly came to a halt, and this halt made us think hard about returning to the source and revisiting our intrinsic values.”

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“Despite the health restrictions, the faith community was able to adapt to live the practice of faith with the same fervor as in normal times,” religious leaders in the Indian Ocean Island nation say.

They implore, “May the Most Merciful God give you His Grace during this time of fasting and may your prayers be answered.”

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.