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Catholic, Muslim friends bond over Ramadan fasting

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As Ramadan began at the start of this month, Muslims across the world began practices of fasting and prayer.

Oregon high school senior Jordan Pahl is among the millions of people refraining from eating or drinking during the day for the entire month of Ramadan. Pahl, a Catholic, is fasting for Ramadan for the second year in a row, after choosing to observe the holiday with her best friend Dahlia Bazzaz, who is Muslim.

Read more about Pahl’s motivations, the challenges of fasting, and the perspectives she has gained here.

Be sure to check out U.S. Catholic’s special section on Muslim-Catholic dialogue.

Related: Fast friends: Fill up on interfaith dialogue