Pope Francis message to Muslims after Ramadan

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Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters, gives us great joy offer you our heartfelt congratulations and good wishes on the occasion of ‘Id al-Fitr at the conclusion of Ramadan, a month dedicated fasting, prayer and helping the poor. Last year, the first year of ministry, Pope Francis personally signed the Message addressed you on the occasion of ‘Id al-Fitr. On another occasion, he also called you “our brothers and sisters” (Angelus, 11 August 2013). We all can recognize the full significance of these words. fact, Christians and are brothers and sisters the one human family, created by the One God. Let us recall what Pope John Paul II said to Muslim religious leaders 1982: “All of us, Christians and , live the sun of the one merciful God. We both believe one God who is the creator of man. We acclaim God’s sovereignty and we defend man’s dignity as God’s servant. We adore God and profess submission to him. Thus, a true sense, we can call one another brothers and sisters faith the one God.” (Kaduna, Nigeria, 14 February 1982). We thank the Almighty for what we have in common, while remaining aware of our differences. We perceive the importance of promoting a fruitful dialogue built upon mutual respect and friendship. Inspired by our shared values and strengthened by our sentiments of genuine fraternity, we are called to work together for justice, and respect for the rights and dignity of every person.

[eap_ad_1] We feel responsible in a particular way for those most in need: the poor, the sick, orphans, immigrants, of human trafficking, and those suffering from any kind of addiction. As we know, our contemporary world faces grave challenges which call for solidarity on the part of all people of good will. These include threats the environment, the crisis of the global economy and levels of particularly among young people. Such situations give rise a sense of vulnerability and a lack of hope for the future. Let us also forget the problems faced by so many families which have been separated, leaving behind loved ones and often small . Let us work together, then, build bridges of and reconciliation especially in areas where and Christians together suffer the horror of war. May our friendship inspire us always cooperate in facing these many challenges with wisdom and prudence. In this way we will help diminish and conflict, and advance the common good. We will also demonstrate that religions can be a source of harmony for the benefit of society as a whole. Let us pray that reconciliation, justice, and will remain uppermost among our priorities, for the welfare and good of the whole human family. Together with Pope Francis, we are happy to send you our cordial best wishes for a joyful celebration and a life of prosperity in peace.

*From the Vatican, 24 June 2014, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran President, Father Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, MCCJ Secretary