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The Vatican implores Muslims and Christians to work on their fraternity in Ramadan spirit

Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has urged the Muslim and Christian communities to build bridges of brotherhood and start a worldwide dialogue this Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr.

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“The month of Ramadan with its dedication to fasting, prayer and almsgiving, is also a month for strengthening the spiritual bonds we share in Muslim-Christian friendship,” notes the message entitled, “Christians and Muslims: Promoting Universal Fraternity”, signed by PCID Secretary, Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot.

This document was signed by Pope Francis and the Gran Iman Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb of Al-Azhar in Abu Dhabi on February 4th of this year. It talks about bringing both the communities out of their bubbles of ignorance so they can cultivate a new way of life in their political, civil and religious institutions where violence is rejected, and the human person is respected.

The document was signed by Pope Francis and the Gran Iman Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb of Al-Azhar in Abu Dhabi on February 4th of this year.

Moreover, the topic of respecting diversity and the freedom of living with that diversity was also discussed. In this regard, the PCID mentions three essential guidelines that Pope Francis proposes for the promotion of dialogue and familiarity among people of different religions, namely, “the duty of identity, the courage of otherness and the sincerity of intentions”.

Bishop Ayuso was also reported to add, “This includes the freedom to live according to one’s beliefs in both the private and public spheres. In this way, Christians and Muslims – as brothers and sisters – can work together for the common good.”

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This positive message further explains how a rising dialogue between communities would highlight the sameness of intentions, the integrity of difference in religions and freedom conscience, thought, expression and beliefs.

The whole idea is to promote a culture of togetherness among humankind, by respecting each other and remembering that we are all equal. We appreciate the Vatican’s intentions and hope that their message resounds all across the globe with active efforts in the community to live and let live peacefully.

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