Here is the recording of a lecture given (in French) at the Generalate by Mr. Rémi Caucanas, Doctor in Contemporary History and specialist on Christian-Muslim relations in the Mediterranean. Though not as such an event for the 150th Jubilee Celebration, it does contribute to prepare us to celebrate. His lecture was introduced by Diégo Sarriò M.Afr., of whom he became the friend and collaborator. A large number of confreres of the house were present as well as thirteen White Sisters of Rome. Here is the transcript of the presentation of Mr. Rémi Caucanas by Father Diégo. Continue reading “Lavigerie through the prism of three White Fathers”
Eid el-Fitr, or festival of rupture, is the commemoration marking the end of Ramadan fasting. This celebration is the expression of the forgiveness granted by Allah to the Muslims who, during the month of Ramadan, were able to show their submission in order to atone for their sins of the past year.
When he created the ceremonial attached to Eid al-Fitr, Muhammad (Mohammed in French) insisted on the attitude of righteousness and piety that was to be attached to it so that the believers could begin a new year in the most Virtuous.
Celebration of Eid el Fitr
Aid al-Fitr marks the end of the fast of Ramadan. It is customary to start this festive day at dawn by going to the mosque for the first prayer of the day. This is an opportunity for children to receive new clothes and gifts.
It is also a time of reunion and charity. It is good visiting one’s parents, one’s friends and celebrating around this feast, but it is also important to make gifts to the needy and to share.
This morning, during our celebration of the Eucharist at the General House, our confrere Fritz told us with evident passion about the celebration of the week of Christian unity. Here are a few extracts of his homily. Continue reading “Celebrating Christian Unity”
At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity…