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Parish priest in Nice builds good relations with Muslims, evangelizes

July 20, 2016

Father Patrick Bruzzone, parish priest of Saint-Pierre de l’Ariane in the immigrant quarter in Nice, France, has built good relations with the Jewish and Muslim communities, according to a brief article in the Vatican newspaper.

Nice was the site of a July 14 terrorist attack that left 84 dead and over 300 injured.

The priest celebrates Hanukkah, Ramadan, and Christmas with the local rabbi and imam. This past Christmas, the imam placed the infant Jesus in the crèche.

According to the article, Father Bruzzone takes to the streets “to distribute food and speak about Jesus” to “men with the beard” and “women with the veil.” The priest recounted that a 25-year-old Moroccan Muslim woman became a Catholic at Easter.

 
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  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Jul. 20, 2016 10:32 AM ET USA

    How could the priest celebrate Ramadan? What is he celebrating? Perhaps the benefits of fasting? He could not/should not be celebrating the alleged revelation attached to Ramadan. How does he avoid that? Hanukkah is part of the received tradition of the Church.