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Christian priest delivers thanksgiving speech from Mosque pulpit in Kerala

Monday September 3, 2018 3:11 PM, ummid.com & Agencies

Catholic Priest in Kerala Mosque

Thiruvananthapuram: A Catholic priest this Friday went to meet and thank Muslims for their selfless efforts to provide relief to flood victims in Kerala. However, he was surprised when he was offered the Mosque puplit and deliver a speech.

Mosque pulpit is the platform normally used by the clerics to deliver weekly Friday sermons.

According to Press Trust of India, Father Sanu Puthussery, belonging to the Syro-Malabar Church, visited the Juma Masjid at Vechoor in Kottayam district during the Friday prayers on August 31 and delivered a thanksgiving speech at the prayer hall.

As the deadliest floods had lashed the state two weeks ago, over 5,80 people had sought refuge at St Antony’s Church at Achinakom where Father Puthussery was serving as the priest. However, a day after, the Church authorities faced some shortage of food and water.

“I straightaway went to the Masjid, apprised the Imam of the mosque about our difficulty and requested his help. After the day’s prayers, Muslim brothers came to the church with a large quantity of food and water,” Father Puthussery said.

“I cannot express my gratitude to them in words. That much help and support they had extended during the time of difficulties,” he said.

They continued bringing essential items to the relief camp at the church. "Besides food and water, the youth attached to the mosque also arranged for medicines", he said.

“I went to the Masjid to meet the Imam and other authorities and thank them personally. But they invited me to their prayer hall and offered me their platform to speak", the priest said.

It was a different experience for over 250 believers, who were present at the mosque to offer Friday prayers. In his about 10-minute speech, the Catholic priest said, though the floods had snatched away many valuables from people, it also washed away the walls of differences among them, PTI reported.

“Pope Francis had said build bridges, not walls. The devastating floods has now given us an opportunity to destroy the walls and build the bridges of togetherness,” the priest added.

Meanwhile, a video of the Christian Priest's speech from Vechoor Juma Masjid has been uploaded on YouTube and is being widely shared by netizens.

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