Thursday, December 05, 2002

Message of Peace for Ramsan from Pontifical Council

The President of Pontifical Council for Inter Religious Dialogue, Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald in his message for the end of Ramadan and on the occasion of Id ul-Fitr, has exhorted the Christians and the Muslims of the world to be messengers of peace and continue the collaboration to fight evil forces as children of God. According to message reaching here December 3. Archbishop Fitzgerald said that situations where war prevails are like an open wound in the heart of humanity.Special mention was made, of all those conflicts which have been going on for many years, whether in Middle East, Africa or in Asia. He said that such conflicts result in numerous innocent victims, leading the population to despair of peace returning to their land in the near future.

The Archbishop appreciated the greater sharing between Muslims and Christians in various parts of the world and said that as believers in One God it is the duty of both the communities to strive to bring about peace which is a Gift from God. He has urged the Christian and the Muslim communities to pray for peace.

Archbishop Fitzgerald said, "The origin of the causes of conflict is often to be located in the hearts which refuse to be open to God. Such hearts are characterized by egoism, an immoderate desire for power, domination and wealth, at the expense of others and without any attention to the cry of distress of those who hunger and thirst for justice and peace. While the ultimate causes of wars are well known, we need above all to explore together the ways of peace."

The Vatican official said that in bringing about peace, and maintaining it, religions have an important role to play. Archbishop stressed on the importance of education and said that the education is domain in which religions can make a particular contribution. He said that the Catholic community is indeed convinced that the ways of peace include education, for through it one can learn to recognize one's own identity and that of others. He said that the education for peace also involves recognition and acceptance of diversity, just as it includes learning about crisis management, in order to prevent crisis from degenerating into conflicts. Archbishop Fitzgerald, emphasizing on the need of peace in the world said that peace necessarily entails an approach to the human person in truth and justice.

Archbishop Fitzgerald recalled the meeting of different religious leaders at Assisi January 24, 2002 , where representatives of different religions exhorted not to allow the flame of hope, (symbolized by the lamp held by each official representative), to be extinguished.

Message of Peace for Ramsan from Pontifical Council

The President of Pontifical Council for Inter Religious Dialogue, Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald in his message for the end of Ramadan and on the occasion of Id ul-Fitr, has exhorted the Christians and the Muslims of the world to be messengers of peace and continue the collaboration to fight evil forces as children of God. According to message reaching here December 3. Archbishop Fitzgerald said that situations where war prevails are like an open wound in the heart of humanity.Special mention was made, of all those conflicts which have been going on for many years, whether in Middle East, Africa or in Asia. He said that such conflicts result in numerous innocent victims, leading the population to despair of peace returning to their land in the near future.

The Archbishop appreciated the greater sharing between Muslims and Christians in various parts of the world and said that as believers in One God it is the duty of both the communities to strive to bring about peace which is a Gift from God. He has urged the Christian and the Muslim communities to pray for peace.

Archbishop Fitzgerald said, "The origin of the causes of conflict is often to be located in the hearts which refuse to be open to God. Such hearts are characterized by egoism, an immoderate desire for power, domination and wealth, at the expense of others and without any attention to the cry of distress of those who hunger and thirst for justice and peace. While the ultimate causes of wars are well known, we need above all to explore together the ways of peace."

The Vatican official said that in bringing about peace, and maintaining it, religions have an important role to play. Archbishop stressed on the importance of education and said that the education is domain in which religions can make a particular contribution. He said that the Catholic community is indeed convinced that the ways of peace include education, for through it one can learn to recognize one's own identity and that of others. He said that the education for peace also involves recognition and acceptance of diversity, just as it includes learning about crisis management, in order to prevent crisis from degenerating into conflicts. Archbishop Fitzgerald, emphasizing on the need of peace in the world said that peace necessarily entails an approach to the human person in truth and justice.

Archbishop Fitzgerald recalled the meeting of different religious leaders at Assisi January 24, 2002 , where representatives of different religions exhorted not to allow the flame of hope, (symbolized by the lamp held by each official representative), to be extinguished.