‘We’re all the identical’: Barcelona church opens to Ramadan diners

As indoor venues stay closed, a Catholic church has provided up its open-air cloisters for folks to eat and pray collectively.

With COVID-19 restrictions stopping Barcelona’s Muslim inhabitants from celebrating Ramadan on the standard indoor venues, a Catholic church has provided up its open-air cloisters for folks to eat and pray collectively.

Each night, between 50 and 60 Muslims, lots of them homeless, stream into the centuries-old stone passages of the Church of Santa Anna, the place volunteers supply a hearty meal of home-cooked meals.

“We’re all the identical … If you’re Catholic or of one other faith and I’m Muslim, that’s superb,” stated Hafid Oubrahim, a 27-year previous Moroccan of Berber descent who attends the dinners.

“We’re all like brothers and we should assist one another too.”

In the course of the month of Ramadan, observant Muslims don’t eat between dawn and sunset, breaking their quick solely after sundown with a meal often known as Iftar.

Faouzia Chati, president of the Catalan Affiliation of Moroccan Ladies, used to organise Iftar gatherings within the metropolis, however limits on indoor eating compelled her to hunt another house with good air flow and house for distancing.

She discovered a receptive ear in Father Peio Sanchez, Santa Anna’s rector, who sees the assembly of various faiths as emblematic of civic coexistence.

“Persons are very blissful that Muslims can do Iftar in a Catholic church, as a result of religions serve to unite us, to not separate us,” stated Chati.

Sanchez seemed on as a person intoned adhan, the Muslim name to prayer, beneath the orange timber within the church’s central courtyard, illuminated by the flames of fuel heaters.

“Even with completely different cultures, completely different languages, completely different religions, we’re extra able to sitting down and speaking than some politicians,” stated the rector.

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