December 23, 2015
For the first time since 1558, Mawlid—the Muslim celebration of Muhammad’s birth—will fall this year on December 24 and 25.
Christians and Muslims “should give thanks to God, each in his own tradition, for the good news that is the birth of Jesus or Muhammad,” Father Vincent Feroldi wrote on the French episcopate’s website.
Cautioning against “syncretism in comparing Jesus and Muhammad,” the priest, who directs the National Service for Relations with Muslims, said that it is a fitting time for Christians and Muslims to meet in “fraternity and amity” and in “mutual respect and recognition.”
It is also an apt time for Christians “to discover the place given to Jesus and Mary in the Qur’an,” he added.