“As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end, I want to tell you how much we are thinking of our Muslim brothers and sisters on this happy occasion.
This year, we have lived in a special way this time of fasting thanks to the presence in Taizé, for the last few months, of a Syrian family and eleven young Sudanese and Afghan refugees, all Muslims. My brothers and I were able to understand even better the spiritual dimension that accompanies the fasting from food. We were touched to see how the young people prayed intensely and tried to live a time of simplicity to be increasingly turned towards God.
Although, since last year, tragic events have regularly occurred that undermine life together, initiatives are flourishing which we are happy to take part in: the meeting organized by the interreligious secretariat of Saône-et-Loire in Mazille in early June, the “holy night” with representatives of different religious traditions in Paris a few weeks ago, and regular visits to Taizé by youth of the “Coexister” Association.
My brothers and I are praying for you and we assure you of our deep friendship.”