Eid al-Fitr “a moment to reflect on values of love, compassion”


Eid al-Fitr, the festival of breaking the fast marking the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan, is a moment to reflect on values of love and compassion, Stephen Cardinal Ameyu Mulla has said.

In his goodwill message to the Muslims in the East-Central African nation, the Local Ordinary of South Sudan’s Catholic Archdiocese of Juba, who doubles as the President of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) wishes Muslims a “glorious conclusion of Ramadan.”

Eid al-Fitr represents the time of celebration, unity and gratitude. It is a moment to not only rejoice in the end of fasting, but also to reflect on the values of love, compassion and generosity that Ramadan instils in our hearts,” the South Sudanese Cardinal says in his message issued Monday, April 8.

He adds, “As you come together with loved ones, may your homes be filled with laughter, love and happiness.

The South Sudanese Catholic Church leader, who was of the three Africans created Cardinals during the 30 September 2023 Consistory in Rome says, “In today’s world where division and hardships persist, your commitment to faith, community and pursuit of peace serves as a shining example.”

Your spirit of togetherness and inclusiveness in celebrating Eid Fitr helps foster harmony and strengthens the bonds of unity among neighbours, friends and family members of all walks of life,” the President of SCBC that brings together Catholic Church leaders at the helm of Dioceses in Sudan and South Sudan says.

He continues, “As we stand in solidarity sharing this joyous occasion with you, let us remember those who are less fortunate.”

Cardinal Ameyu goes on to invite Muslims in South Sudan to “extend their hands to the needy and demonstrate the true essence of compassion and kindness that Ramadan teaches us.”

The Cardinal whose transfer from Torit Diocese to Juba Archdiocese in December 2019 was met with resistance from a section of the Clergy and Laity of South Sudan’s only Metropolitan See congratulates Muslims for a successful month of fasting.

Throughout Ramadan you have exhibited remarkable discipline, devotion and resilience in observing your fast and engaging in acts of worship,” he says, and adds, “Your dedication to spiritual reflection, prayers and charitable giving has been truly inspiring for us all.”

The South Sudanese Cardinal implores, “May this auspicious day marking the end of the blessed month of fasting bring you abundant joy, peace and blessing.”

May the blessings of Eid al-Fitr fill your hearts with happiness, bring prosperity to your households, and inspire you to be agents of positive change in our society,” Cardinal Ameyu says.

Credits to Jude Atemanke for ACIAFRICA

Photo credit: National Catholic Reporter (OSV News photo/Catholic Press Photo)


Date Published:

15 April 2024


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