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In Lyon, Catholics, Muslims gather to honor the Virgin Mary

April 12, 2016

Four hundred Catholics and Muslims gathered recently in the Maronite Catholic parish in Lyon, France, to honor the Virgin Mary on the Solemnity of the Annunciation.

The Annunciation is celebrated as a joint Christian-Muslim holiday in Lebanon, the homeland of the Maronite Catholic Church.

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin and Kamel Kabtane, the director of the Great Mosque of Lyon, were present at the event, which included the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer by Christians and the Muslim profession of faith by Muslims.

“We urgently need to remember that we share a common spiritual patrimony,” said Kabtane, according to La Croix.


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