"We hope and pray for a world where all faiths are respected; where people of different beliefs and ethnic backgrounds can live together in harmony, finding strength and joy in our differences and in our common humanity.
"And we pray that the new moon will bring a new era of peace between nations -- in the Middle East and all across the world -- so people can emerge from the shadows of violence and make better lives for their children," said the statement released late Thursday night.
In New York, meanwhile, USA Today reported that Ramadan has altered the city's rhythms because many Muslim taxi drivers have been stopping work earlier each day -- often just at rush hour -- to attend a mosque for prayers.
But the city's taxi officials say they have gotten no complaints from passengers.
"This is America, and this is New York City," Diane McGrath-McKechnie of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.
"And it is everyone's privilege to worship as they choose, and we celebrate that privilege and diversity," she added.