Everyone for the Holy Virgin
On March 25—the feast of the Annunciation, which has been a national holiday in Lebanon since 2010—Catholics and Muslims joined in the 8th Islamic-Christian Prayer Meeting, which was dedicated to the theme: “Together around Mary, Our Lady.”

In an address to the meeting, Father Miguel Angel Ayuso, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, observed that Muslims share the Christian reverence for the Virgin Mary. “Devotion creates sentiments of friendship,” he said. Moreover, he said, “Mary, a model for Muslims and Christians, is also a model of dialogue, teaching us to believe, not to close ourselves up in certainties, but rather to remain open and available to others.”

Father Ayuso remarked that the observance of a national holiday on the Marian feast is “a true example of the coexistence between Muslims and Christians that characterizes Lebanese history, in the midst of so many difficulties, and which also constitutes an important example for many other nations.”

Pope Francis sent a message to the meeting in which he encouraged Catholic and Muslim participants to “work together for peace and for the common good.” The Pope said that he entrusts “all the inhabitants of Lebanon to the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace and Protectress of Lebanon.”

Excellent!  I think it will be through Mary that many Muslims find the true Church.  Our Mother is an excellent 'starting point' for our Muslim brothers & sisters.

It's good to see a spirit of peace and wisdom in Lebanon - a land where the Maronites have been besieged by Muslim invaders for more than a thousand years. A good change of pace, if nothing else.

Miryam, blessed lady Theotokos, pray for us!

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