Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Pope Francis writes message to Muslims for end of Ramadan


Vatican City, August 2 - An annual message sent
from the Holy See to Muslims around the world as they celebrate
Id al-Fitr, the breaking of the Ramadan fast, was personally
written by Pope Francis, on Friday.
The last time a pontiff wrote the message himself, which
has been sent by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious
Dialogue since 1967, was when Pope John Paul did so in 1991.
"We are called to respect the religion of the other, its
teachings, its symbols, its values. Particular respect is due to
religious leaders and to places of worship. How painful are
attacks on one or other of these!," Pope Francis wrote.
The pope underlined the importance of educating Muslim and
Christian youth, saying that "we have to bring up our young
people to think and speak respectfully of other religions and
their followers, and to avoid ridiculing or denigrating their
convictions and practices.
"We all know that mutual respect is fundamental in any
human relationship, especially among people who profess
religious belief. In this way, sincere and lasting friendship
can grow," the pope said.

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