Moslems in Ghana, celebrating Al-Fitr -- the end of the mont-long fast of Ramadan -- received a message of good wishes from Pope Paul on Thursday (17 October).
SV Moslems arriving
GV PAN Moslems at prayer (4 shots)
SV Special delegation from the Pope delivering message
CU Spiritual leader saying prayers
SV People and delegation watching
SV & CU Congregation praying (4 shots)
SV & CU Chief on palanquin leads procession through the street (3 shots)
CU People in procession
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Background: Moslems in Ghana, celebrating Al-Fitr -- the end of the mont-long fast of Ramadan -- received a message of good wishes from Pope Paul on Thursday (17 October).
The message was received during an open-air service in Accra, the capital, by Akhaji Salifu, who is the joint Chairman of the Ghana Moslem Representative Council. He said the message would serve as a link between the Islamic world and the Vatican.
The occasion was celebrated by 12 per cent of Ghanaians (total population, 8.5 million) who are Moslems.
SYNOPSIS: They also received a message from the Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, who asked them to pray for peace and unity. A large crowd of Government officials and diplomats from other Moslem countries was present at the ceremony.
Later, there was a procession through the streets of Accra, led by their spiritual leader, Imam Abas -- on a palanquin. Twelve per cent of Ghana's population is Moslem.