On May 26, 2018, Muslims and Christians gathered in Sidon, Lebanon for an Iftar feast commemorating the Holy Month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and break their daily fast at the first moon sighting in their local areas.
Melkite Patriarch, Youssef Absi, joined approximately 300 guests for the banquet hosted by the Sidon’s Melkite Eparchy. Guests dined at Dar el Einayeh, an orphanage, and school founded by the late Melkite Archbishop Georges Kwaiter of Sidon. The May Iftar marked Absi’s first official visit to Southern Lebanon since becoming Patriarch in June 2017.
Commenting on the Iftar, the Patriarch noted: “What we are witnessing now in this gathering is the model that we believe in and we are holding on to … not just because it is our destiny but because the Bible scriptures teach us that Jesus put all his efforts and himself for the well-being of every human being.” He also added: “unity is important to everyone.”
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