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Christians and Muslims alike seek God's mercy, Vatican says in Ramadan message

June 17, 2016

Christians and Muslims alike rely on the mercy of the Almighty, the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue noted in an annual message of greetings to the world's Muslims.

The Vatican message, timed for the Islamic observance of Ramadan and released on June 17, offered best wishes to Muslims for a "spiritually rewarding fast, supported by good deeds, and a joyful feast."

Calling attention to the Catholic observance of a Year of Mercy, the message said: "We know that Christianity and Islam both believe in a merciful God, who shows his mercy and compassion toward all his creatures, in particular the human family." The message also remarked that Christians and Muslims share a tradition of pilgrimages as a means of seeking God's mercy.

The message suggested that Christians and Muslims should "imitate God" by showing compassion to those in need. 


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  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - Jun. 18, 2016 6:05 AM ET USA

    But there's a difference between Christian and Muslim mercy that the Vatican doesn't seem to recognize. For 1400 years, Muslims have been - and continue - meting out their own special kind of "mercy" to other people, whether those people want it or not.