May Muhammed’s Birthday Strengthen Faith, Bring “infinite graces”: Ivorian Cardinal

Jean-Pierre Cardinal Kutwa. Credit: Abidjan Archdiocese

May the Muslim commemoration of the Feast of Maouloud that marks the birthday of the Prophet Muhammed strengthen the faith of those who believe in Allah and bring with it His “infinite graces”, the Local Ordinary of Abidjan Archdiocese in Ivory Coast, Jean-Pierre Cardinal Kutwa, has implored.

In a message to the Muslim community in West African nation issued Tuesday, September 26, Cardinal Kutwa invites Ivorians to reflect on the value of fraternity that Muhammed desired among his followers. 

“The commemoration of the (Eid-ul-Maulud) allows us to meditate on the messages of peace, tolerance, love and brotherhood conveyed by Islam through its Prophet,” the Ivorian Cardinal says, and prays that the celebration “may enable everyone to strengthen their faith in Allah, and benefit from his infinite graces.”

He describes the Muslim celebration as “a commemoration that symbolizes hope and obedience to God,” and adds, “I hope that this great moment of piety and generosity will strengthen our bonds of brotherhood and friendship, and give us hope for a tomorrow that exalts true social cohesion, where love and truth meet, justice and peace embrace.”

“May (Eid-ul-Maulud) 2023 bring more blessings and peace to our country, Ivory Coast, and especially to all countries in crisis,” the Ivorian Cardinal who started his Episcopal Ministry in September 2001 as Archbishop of Gagnoa in the West African nation says.


Cardinal Kutwa adds, “On behalf of the Catholic Church, I'd like to wish you a happy feast.”

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.