As Hindus around the world this weekend gather to celebrate Diwali, the annual Festival of Light, the Vatican has issued greetings in a message entitled: ‘Hindus and Christians: committed to integral human development.
Dear Hindu Friends,
1. It is my joy to greet you all, once again, in the name of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue: a happy Deepavali! Religious Festivals enable us to revitalize our relationship with God and one another. May this Festival of Lights, while elevating our minds and hearts towards God, the Supreme Light, strengthen fellowship among us and bless us all with happiness and peace.
2. Integral human development implies the advance towards the true good of every individual, community and society, in every single dimension of human life: social, economic, political, intellectual, spiritual and religious.
3. Such authentic human development can be achieved only by assuming a shared responsibility for one another and by seriously engaging in collaborative action. This springs from our very nature as human beings and our belonging to one human family.
4. Respect for others therefore implies the recognition of their freedom: freedom of conscience, thought and religion. When persons feel respected in their primary choice as religious beings, only then are they able to encounter others and cooperate for the progress of humanity. This shapes a more peaceful social order conducive to development.
Let us all, as people of good will, join together to dispel every darkness that hinders a true vision of co-existence, religious harmony and integral development for each and every person.
May Deepavali be an occasion to celebrate our friendship and boldly proclaim the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and work together to bring about an era of true freedom ‘for all’ and integral human development ‘of all’.
My best wishes, once again, for a splendid and joyous Diwali!
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran
Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata
Rome is filled with the spirit of antichrist. To ask for unity around a common believe around God without Jesus, makes the Roman Catholics imposers and deceivers, The Vatican is the center for a the rise of the end time religion, when people from all nations shall gather in unity in denial that Jesus of Nazareth is the only way to the Kingdom of Heaven.