The Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain (FCJE), the Spanish Episcopal Conference (EEC), and the Islamic Commission of Spain (CIE) have come together to convene a world day of prayer, fasting and works of charity against the coronavirus pandemic.
“In these painful circumstances, but full of hope in the mercy of the Lord, we invite the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious communities and all who believe in God, Creator and Protector of Life, on Thursday, May 14, to pray for an end this pandemic, to be consoled in our grief and to help those who work in scientific research in the service of health to find the appropriate treatment to overcome the disease, three leaders of religious communities declared in an open letter.
Representing the Jewish community is Isaac Benzaquén, the new president of the FCJE. He is joined by the Bishop of Almería, Adolfo González and by the secretary of the CIE, Mohamed Ajana El Quafi.
In the open letter, the representatives of the three faiths expressed their “fraternal closeness” to the suffering of the sick, and entrust the deceased to God, and expressed their condolences to the relatives of those who have lost loved ones. In addition, the leaders expressed their “deep appreciation” to all the health personnel and the scientific community for their work, “with a true spirit of service and dedication for the good of humanity.”
“The global crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, which plagues humanity and endangers the lives of millions of people, shows the fragility of human life. At the same time, it invites us to join in a common fight against devastating effects of this disease,” the open letter added.
For this reason, they call this day of prayer so that all believers, regardless of their confession, pray “with one voice” so that “God help humanity to get out of this situation of pain and suffering.”