JERUSALEM – Wednesday, May 22, 2019, for the fifth year in a row, Muslims and Christians gathered at the House of Abraham, east of Jerusalem, to share an iftar, a meal that marks the breaking of fasting on the evenings of Ramadan.
Founded in 1964 by Bishop Jean Rodhain at the request of Pope Paul VI, the House of Abraham is a welcome place held by Secours Catholique-Caritas France for pilgrims and locals located in the heart of the Ras Al Amud neighborhood in the East of Jerusalem.
On Wednesday evening, about sixty Muslims and Christians including Muslim civil and religious authorities as well as representatives of the Jerusalem Church shared in communion the traditional Iftar meal.
Iftar refers to the festive meal shared by Muslims on Ramadan evenings after sunset. A moment of joy as evidenced by the buzzing, present in the streets of Ras Al Amud and within the House of Abraham.
This year, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which organized this evening in cooperation with the House of Abraham, was represented by Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
At the end of the meal, Mrs. Cécile Roy, director of the House of Abraham and the various representatives of the two communities present were warmly thanked for their commitment and repeatedly stressed the importance of this event which helps strengthen and renew their mutual attachment.