Caritas Diocese of Salford and Greater Manchester Citizens were pleased to welcome nearly 40 people to an exciting joint meeting between Muslims and Catholics from across Greater Manchester, held in the evening at the Cathedral Centre, Salford Monday 19th March.
The meeting was a catalyst for stronger bonds of friendship, trust and mutual understanding between two faith communities as they addressed the need to work together to support refugees and asylum seekers especially through the Community Sponsorship scheme pioneered by Caritas Diocese of Salford for the resettling of refugees, on which the Catholic church is now leading the way nationally.
Guest speakers at the event include Fr Eamonn Mulcahy, Director of the Spiritan Missionaries and Sean Ryan MBE, Caritas National Coordinator for Community Sponsorship, alongside a respected Imam scholar, Shaykh Hammad Fahim, and the Director of the Syrian community group Rethink, Rebuild Society, Dr Haytham Alhamwi.
The guest speakers were joined by several leaders of Muslim communities and mosques in Greater Manchester, the chaplaincy teams at Manchester University as well as parishioners keen to explore how we can build stronger communities and work to what unite us all.
Director of the Syrian community group Rethink, Rebuild Society, Dr Haytham Alhamwi summarized the message from the evening when he said, “Be the extended family that refugees need. Human, spiritual support is more important than money”.