Re: Pray with Muslims in Christian Churches!
- Agnese, Thank your for alerting us to this issue. I share your letter
with our Loving God, Arabic and Fighting Peacefully groups. I note that
the Muslim and Catholic prayers are physically performed in very
different ways. As a Catholic, I am very excited that this difference
might be accepted and respected. Also, Muslims pray five times per day
and one idea is to be mindful and to pray in solidarity. Andrius,
Maria Agnese Giraudo wrote:
> Dear Andrius and all,
> I would like to find an effective way to express my indignation for
> Cristian Catholic Bishops refusing to pray with Muslims in Cordova
> Please we have to do something now. I would like somebody to organize
> to pray with Muslisms in Churches in Europe.
> With indignation!
> Maria Agnese
> December 27, 2006
> Spain: Muslims Appeal for Use of Cathedral
> Their appeal should be granted -- as soon as the Hagia Sophia in
> Constantinople is reopened for use as a cathedral.
> From Reuters
> with thanks to Seymour Paine:
> Spanish Muslims said they had appealed to Pope Benedict XVI to be
> allowed to prostrate themselves in worship in Córdoba Cathedral,
> built as a mosque in southern Spain during the nation’s centuries
> of Islamic rule and converted into a church in the 13th century.
> “What we wanted was not to take over that holy place, but to
> create in it, together with you and other faiths, an ecumenical
> space unique in the world which would have been of great
> significance in bringing peace to humanity,” the Islamic Board
> said in its letter. This month the Conference of Catholic Bishops
> in Spain issued a statement saying it was not prepared to
> negotiate for other faiths to use the building.