INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE: PONTIFICAL COUNCIL’S MESSAGE FOR CONCLUSION OF RAMADAN

"Best wishes for a joyful celebration and a life of prosperity in peace". The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue sends them to all Muslims in a message signed by its president, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, and secretary, Fr. Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, on the occasion of ‘Id al-Fitr at the conclusion of Ramadan, a month dedicated to fasting, prayer and helping the poor. "Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters in the one human family, created by the One God", reads the message, which also recalls that during the Angelus of 11 August 2013, Pope Francis too greeted Muslims calling them "our brothers and sisters", and already in 1982, Pope John Paul II said to some Muslim religious leaders that "we can call one another brothers and sisters in faith in the one God". "We thank the Almighty for what we have in common, while remaining aware of our differences – the message continues -. We perceive the importance of promoting a fruitful dialogue built upon mutual respect and friendship. Inspired by our shared values and strengthened by our sentiments of genuine fraternity, we are called to work together for justice, peace and respect for the rights and dignity of every person". (continued)  

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