Whatever. I’ll talk to you when you’re my mom again, kay?
I don’t know what I’m waiting for, but I’m so excited.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue delivered a message on Friday to Muslims to encourage further joint efforts to bring an end to religious discrimination.
The letter conveyed the Vatican’s “heartfelt wishes of serenity and joy,” for Eid Al-Fitr, the celebrations marking the end of Ramadan in mid-September, adding that “believers of other religions, especially Christians, are spiritually close to you during these days.”
The Vatican council’s message also detailed a study conducted by the Joint Committee for Dialogue instituted by the council and the Al-Azhar Permanent Committee for Dialogue among the Monotheistic Religions on joint efforts to overcome violence and discrimination against followers of other religions.
Citing several causes for violence against followers of different faiths, including “Ignorance, poverty, underdevelopment” and the manipulation of religion for political or other ends, the Vatican called on “civil and religious authorities [to] offer their contributions in order to remedy so many situations for the sake of the common good of all society.”
Recommendations of the study call for the recognition of common traits and respect for differences “as a basis for a culture of dialogue,” the need to pass laws guaranteeing equality, and recalling the role of education in fostering respect and dialogue “at home, in the school, in churches and mosques.”
“Thus we will be able to oppose violence among followers of different religions and promote peace and harmony among the various religious communities. Teaching by religious leaders, as well as school books which present religions in an objective way, have, along with teaching in general, a decisive impact on the education and the formation of younger generations,” the message read.