- Dec 9, 2019
Christians and Hindus must resist pessimism and instead draw from and add to the “a hidden sea of goodness” that convinces many men and women around the world that peace and brotherhood are possible, said a Vatican message for the Hindu feast of Diwali.
A long, snail-paced line of well-wishers waited to greet Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu of Kinshasa, Congo, after the ceremony in which Pope Francis placed a red hat on his head.
One was exiled to Siberia for anti-Soviet activities. One volunteered to replace one of the six Jesuits gunned down during El Salvador’s civil war. One suffered a demotion in the post-9/11 era as a casualty of the Vatican’s bungled Islam policy.
Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, head of the Vatican Council for Interreligious Dialogue, has said a new committee in the United Arab Emirates aimed at promoting interfaith tolerance is a concrete step in resisting the “clash of civilizations” and promoting peace.
“Our vocation to be guardians of God’s handiwork is not optional,” wrote head officials of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in a letter to Muslims for the end of Ramadan. The letter was published one day after President Trump announced his intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.