Catholics Feed Muslim Poor for Ramadan

Gesture Begun Last Year in Shadow of “Gulf War II”

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VATICAN CITY, NOV. 9, 2003 ( This Ramadan (now underway) Melkite Rite Catholics are offering 2,000 free meals to indigent Jordanian Muslims.

The gesture “is an expression of the real love of the Christian minority in Jordan,” Father Nabil Haddad told “AsiaNews.” The meals are paid from an amount allocated by the Melkite Church to the Municipality of Amman, Jordan’s capital, which offers free meals (iftar) every night to poor Muslims who have fasted from dawn to dusk.

Last year the Melkite Church in communion with Rome, which is predominantly Arab, first starting offering Ramadan meals as a gesture of solidarity with their fellow citizens in the shadow of the oncoming “Gulf War II.” Recipients at the time included parliamentarians and soldiers as well as the poor.

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