Monday, February 25, 2013
Cardinal Barbarin Prays in the Grand Mosque of Lyon
Kamel Kabtane, the director of the Grand Mosque of Lyon posted on his web site with “Cardinal Barbarin, Primate of France, visited on the 21st of February 2013 in the afternoon, the Grand Mosque of Lyon to pray with the Moslem community for seven French hostages, among whom are four children. The prayer too place in the presence of a large public. Following the recitation by the Rector of the Grand Mosque, Kamel Kabtane of the Koran, he called on the community to pray for a quick release of the hostages. The Cardinal showed himself to be moved by the brotherly gathering in the mosque of Lyon and prayed with them.
The ceremony was concluded by the Imam of the mosque, which had included a prayer calling for peace and brotherhood among people, against unjust wars, which affect innocent people.”
The entrance of Cardinal Barbarin to the mosque was not the first. As Riposte Catholique writes, the Cardinal recited the Koran in 2010 at the end of Holy Mass and said the Shahada, the Islamic profession of Faith, in another place in 2011. The Secretary of the Archbishop, Renaud de Kermadec, spoke finally of a misunderstood statement in the Cardinal’s address at a meeting of Interreligious Dialogue.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: Riposte Catholique