Archbishop joins imams and Muslims for interreligious Eid al-Fitr in Palermo

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ROME: The Palermo Muslim neighborhood hosted an interfaith iftar dinner right here with key members of the Italian clergy and native metropolis officers to advertise peace, respect and integration.

Organized by the town’s Tunisian neighborhood, with the help of the Moroccan consulate and the town’s cultural committee, the occasion attracted greater than 1,000 folks.

Corrado Lorefice, Archbishop of Palermo, and Imam Mustafa Boulaalam of the Piazza Gran Cancelliere Mosque joined the prayer, adopted by a dinner of conventional Tunisian dishes.

Devotees – principally Tunisians, Moroccans and Bangladeshis – pray in Piazza Maggiore, a big and iconic sq. within the metropolis centre.

The Mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando, additionally attended the occasion.

“In Palermo, we consider in integration and sharing. We would like our metropolis to be a welcoming place for all religions and cultures,” Orlando mentioned.

He thanked Palermo’s Muslim neighborhood for “actively collaborating within the spiritual, social and cultural cloth of our metropolis, which goals to be a gathering place for everybody.”

On the finish of the occasion, the Tunisian neighborhood introduced the mayor with a plaque thanking him for “being our sentinel of respect and human dignity”. Orlando additionally obtained his conventional hat and cape from the Imam.

Braram mentioned: “After two years of restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, now that we are able to lastly stay a traditional life, we’re delighted to be celebrating Ramadan once more with all the metropolis of Palermo.

“We’re delighted to let everybody know the valuable message of peace that marks the holy month of Ramadan.”

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