Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro in the southern Philippines called on Muslims and Christians in the region to unite in prayer to seek God’s intercession against the pandemic.
In his Ramadan message on April 23, Archbishop Ledesma said Christians understand the meaning and importance” of the Islamic holy month and it is at this time that “we really ask for the presence of God in our lives.”
The prelate, who heads the commission on mutual relations of the Philippine bishops’ conference, said Muslims and Christians have been helping each other in times of calamities.
“And now we also greet you especially those who are part of the interfaith forum for peace, harmony, and solidarity in the archdiocese and for the whole of Mindanao,” the prelate addressed Muslims.
Archbishop Ledesma is a member of the Bishop-Ulama Conference, a network of Christian and Muslim leaders across the country.
He urged the public to help each other, “to accept one another, and to pray to one God for the benefit of all” during Ramadan.
This year, the Catholic Church in the Philippines celebrates the Year of Ecumenism, Inter-religions Dialogue, and Indigenous Peoples.