Vatican message to Muslims: educate young people for peace
August 03, 2012
In an annual message to the world’s Muslims, the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue advocates “the education of young Christians and Muslims for justice and peace.”
Opening with “warm greetings” to the world’s Islamic faithful, the Vatican message says that Ramadan is a “privileged which gives you the opportunity to deepen obedience to God, by fasting and other pious practices, a value equally dear to us.”
“In the tormented world of ours, educating the young for peace becomes increasingly urgent,” the Vatican message says. Noting that the effort is “both beautiful and difficult,” the document observes that true peace is not merely the absence of conflict but “a fruit of justice and an effect of charity.”
The Vatican message, released on August 2, is timed for the end of Ramadan and the Islamic feast of Eid al-Fitr, which will fall on August 19. The message is signed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue.
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