Auxiliary Roman Catholic Bishop of the Arch diocese of Southwark and Titular Bishop of Rosemarkie Paul Hendricks visits Finsbury Park Mosque (Photo: Finsbury Park Moque)
Elham Asaad Buaras
Auxiliary Roman Catholic Bishop of the Archdiocese of Southwark and Titular Bishop of Rosemarkie Paul Hendricks has paid tribute to Finsbury Park Mosque and its interfaith homeless project ‘Meal for All’ during a visit on June 2.
Working in partnership with Catholic charities Caritas Westminster, the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, and The Passage Finsbury Park Mosque’s ‘Meal for All’ has been running since last year and is staffed by Christian and Muslim volunteers.
The Mosque opens its premises for the homeless every Thursday from 7pm to 9pm (7:30pm to 8:30pm during Ramadan) .
During this Year of Mercy, a Catholic delegation, Bishop Hendricks, Canon John O’Toole, and Katharina Smith-Müller, inter-religious adviser to the bishops of England and Wales, visited the Mosque and the project to see this inspiring example of interreligious cooperation in action.
Hendricks commented: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to highlight the excellent work being done here, by members of the Muslim and Christian communities, working together for the good of those in need. I wish every blessing on all who give their time and talents to this inspiring project.”
Chair of Finsbury Park Mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, added: “It is a pleasure to have Bishop Paul at Finsbury Park Mosque. While we welcome our guests today, we believe that such a visit between faith leaders will strength the relation between the two largest religions in the world and will promote community cohesion and peace, and it will also send a strong but positive message to the public that we can and should work together for the sake of humanity.”