Vatican greets Sikhs on Guru Nanak Diwas

The Council’s secretary Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot wanted Christians and Sikhs work together to nurture “a culture of tenderness” in the world.

New Delhi:
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue felicitated Sikh people on Guru Nanak Prakash Diwas, which this year falls on Nov. 23.

“May your festivities marking this feast renew and reinvigorate the bonds of mutual respect and love in your families and communities” and enhance happiness, harmony and peace, said the Vatican message.

The Council’s secretary Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot in a message said Christians and Sikhs should work together to nurture “a culture of tenderness” in the world.

It drew attention to “alarming rise” in the number of people in our neighborhoods and townships who feel unloved and uncared for and said it was “indicative of a tenderness index at an all-time low across the globe.”

Tenderness, it said, is the ability “of the humans to feel with and feel for others. The foundation of ‘tenderness’ is, undoubtedly, God Himself, it said.

The greater ‘tenderness’ manifests itself in our words and deeds, the better can the culture of tenderness spread its roots far and wide, it said.

The formation in ‘tenderness’ evidently must begin in the families themselves where children, led by the example of parents and elders learn to show love, care and concern for others, particularly the weak and the needy, serving them and being of support to them.

Nurturing the ‘culture of tenderness’ can thus be the new model even for interreligious engagements and joint achievements, and for building a better world through a shared vision and a common action, the message said.

It wanted Christians and Sikhs to join hands with believers of other religious traditions to “do all we can, in humility and human solidarity to promote a ‘culture of tenderness’ for betterment of humanity.

Courtesy: UCAN

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