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Vatican official sends Ramadan greeting, urges joint peace effort

Christians and Muslims have a God-given duty to work and pray for peace, according to Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

"The origin of the causes of conflict is often to be located in hearts which refuse to be open to God," the archbishop said in a message to the world's one billion Muslims for Eid ul-Fitr, the celebration at the end of their Ramadan fast.

Ramadan, a month on the Muslim lunar calendar, ends on 6 December in most parts of the world. Throughout the month, Muslims abstain from all food and drink during the day.

"Situations where war prevails are like an open wound in the heart of humanity, above all, those conflicts which have been going on for many years, whether in the Middle East, in Africa or in Asia," the archbishop wrote.

Catholic News Service

Text of Archbishop Fitzgerald's greeting
Holy See Encourages Muslims to Educate for Peace (Zenit)

26 Nov 2002