Eid Al-Adha or Festival of the Sacrifice
On the Occasion of the Eid Al-Adha, or Eid of Sacrifice, when Muslims celebrate the sacrifice of Abraham, Archbishop Dermot Farrell and the Catholic community would like to wish our Muslim brothers and sisters a happy and holy Eid Festival.
Inspired by the example of Pope Francis, we acknowledge the rich diversity of faith communities in our country and the important contribution of the Muslim community to our society.
Since the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church has been actively engaged in dialogue with Muslims. A recent example of this in 2019 has been the signing of the Abu Dhabi Document on Human Fraternity by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of the Al Azhar Mosque.
Our faith as Christians teaches us that respect, tolerance and love of neighbour are the corner stones of an integrated country. We appreciate the contribution of the Muslim community in Ireland and pray that the Merciful and Compassionate God will guide, bless and protect them during this important expression of their faith.