George had attended an interfaith Iftar dinner, the evening meal where Muslims break their daily fast during the month of Ramadan.
He had accepted an invitation to the yearly Iftar immediately after he was named archbishop of Chicago in 1997, Dr. Shakir Moiduddin, of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, said during an interfaith service remembering the cardinal Wednesday at Holy Name Cathedral. And he continued to attend every year during the 17 years he led the city’s 2.2 million Catholics.
Baima, vicar for ecumenical and interreligious affairs for the Archdiocese of Chicago, also remembered the dinner given in the cardinal’s honor by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago last April. He remembered the keynote speech he gave last August to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.
But, mostly, he remembered, “how happy he always was to be in a group with people, whether they were wearing Roman collars or turbans.”
“He had really a great deal of experience not so much with interreligious dialogue, but with intercultural encounter. That was a real gift he brought us.”
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