Lights burn in the Saint Anne's Basilica, Jerusalem

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Through the month of Ramadan, we have, as always, been impressed by the commitment of Muslims to the discipline of fasting, to remembering the needs of the poor and hungry, and to mutual forgiveness,” wrote Sauca. At this time of deep suffering and uncertainty throughout the world, we pray that God will grant healing and peace to all your communities.

In particular, we are presently very concerned about recent developments in Jerusalem, noting the extreme sensitivity of events involving the holy places, and have appealed to all parties to refrain from more violence and provocative actions, in order to avoid further escalation.”

Sauca reflected that, over the last year, we have all experienced serious limitations on our freedom to engage in public worship. This has been a severe test for all our communities,” he wrote. We give thanks for all those who have laboured hard to develop vaccines and we pray that the blessings that the vaccines bring may be shared among all the people of the world as swiftly and equitably as possible.”

Even more than usual, Sauca continued, we have been reminded during this difficult time of the solidarity of all human beings. "In this spirit, we at the World Council of Churches look forward to continuing to serve the needs of all our neighbours in solidarity with you, our Muslim friends,” he wrote. May God help us to work together as peacemakers in the world.”

Letter of WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca