Muslims Invited to Use Catholic Community Center for Friday Prayer

March 2, 2005

Source: BBC News

On March 2, 2005 the BBC News reported, "Jersey's Catholic Church has come to the aid of the Muslim community. When the planning authorities ruled that the room in a restaurant they were using to pray was a fire hazard, they had to find another place. They temporarily decamped to a living room of someone's home where evening prayers were held every day during the holy month of Ramadan. Now Jersey's St Thomas' Church has offered the use of its community centre for Friday prayers. Canon Nicholas France said: 'We are a universal Catholic church and our church has taught very much in recent years the importance of respect and the healing of past quarrels, particularly with Islam. This doesn't make us deny our own truths or own faith, but to respect all that's good in other people's faiths and respect their rights and freedom to worship.' There were about 25 people from the 200-strong Muslim community at prayers at the second session held at the community centre... In the long term the Muslim community would like to build a mosque in the island."