June 15, 2024
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Id al-fitr: ‘Join hands to light candle of peace, extinguish fire of hatred, violence,’ Vatican appeals Muslims

Vatican’s Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue appealed to the Muslim world to join hands with Christians and other religions in the world to extinguish the fires of hatred, violence and war, and light the gentle candle of peace, drawing upon the resources for peace that are present in the rich human and religious traditions in the world.

In a message from the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue addressed to all Muslims globally for the holy month of Ramadan and Id al-fitr, tilted: Christians and Muslims:
Extinguish the Fire of War and Light the Candle of Peace, the Holy See noted that the growing number of conflicts recently, ranging from military combat to armed clashes of varying intensity involving states, criminal organizations, armed gangs and civilians, has become truly alarming. It further noted that this period is an important time to strengthen and build good relations between Christians and Muslims globally.

“Yet the growing number of conflicts in these days, ranging from military combat to armed clashes of varying intensity involving states, criminal organizations, armed gangs and civilians, has become truly alarming. Pope Francis recently observed that this increase in hostilities is in fact transforming ‘a third world war fought piecemeal” into a genuine global conflict.โ€

In the message signed by the Prefect of the Dicastery, Miguel รngel Cardinal Ayuso Guixot, MCCJ and Secretary, Msgr. Indunil Kodithuwakku Janakaratne Kankanamalage, the Holy See further emphasised that the destruction of infrastructures and properties makes life hopelessly difficult, if not impossible, and advised that the condemnation and rejection of war should be unambiguous because every war is fratricide, useless, senseless, dark and causes great lose to everyone.

“Sometimes hundreds of thousands of people are displaced in their own country or forced to flee to other countries as refugees. Consequently, the condemnation and rejection of war should be unambiguous: every war is fratricide, useless, senseless, and dark. In war, everyone loses.”

Emphasizing on the role of religion in the formation of conscience, the Dicastery through the message, maintained that respect for the absolute value of the life of each person and his or her right to physical integrity, security and a dignified life will inevitably contribute to the condemnation and rejection of war, any war and all wars. The Holy See through the Dicastery, finally prayed that the fasting and other pious practices during Ramadan and the celebration
of โ€˜Id al-Fitr that concludes it, brings abundant fruits of peace, hope and joy to all the Muslim faithful in the world.

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