Vatican sends Diwali greetings to Hindus

Also known as Deepavali or 'row of oil lamps', the festival is celebrated by all Hindus to symbolise the victory of truth over falsehood, of light over darkness, of life over death, of good over evil.

India
Oct 30 2013, 6:00 PM
Vatican sends Diwali greetings to Hindus

Titled ‘Christians and Hindus: fostering human relationships through friendship and solidarity’, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue early this week issued a message meant for the world's Hindu community on the feast of Diwali.

“Sustained by the teachings of our respective religions and aware of the importance of building genuine relationships, may we, Hindus and Christians, work individually and collectively, with all religious traditions and people of good will, to foster and strengthen the human family through friendship and solidarity," said the message for Diwali festival.

Also known as Deepavali or 'row of oil lamps', the festival is celebrated by all Hindus to symbolise the victory of truth over falsehood, of light over darkness, of life over death, of good over evil.

The actual celebration lasts three days, highlighting the beginning of a new year, family reconciliation, especially between brothers and sisters, and divine worship. This year, the event will begin on November 3.

The message signed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Father Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, respectively president and secretary of the Pontifical Council, said, "In this highly competitive world where increasingly individualistic and materialistic tendencies adversely affect human relationships and often create divisions in families and society as a whole, we wish to share our thoughts on how Christians and Hindus can foster human relationships for the good of all humanity through friendship and solidarity."

"Relationships are fundamental to human existence. Security and peace in the local, national and international communities are largely determined by the quality of our human interaction. Experience teaches us that, the deeper our human relationships, the more we are able to advance towards cooperation, peace-building, genuine solidarity and harmony. In short, the ability to foster respectful relationships is the measure of authentic human progress and essential for promoting peace and integral development."

It said that a culture of solidarity can only be achieved as "the fruit of a concerted effort on the part of all, in service of the common good", quoting Pope Francis’ words at a Meeting with Brazil's Leaders of Society in Rio de Janeiro in July.

Source: AsiaNews

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