- Nov 27, 2020
“The bishops’ priority at the moment is to listen to (Muslims’) concerns, their fears, their needs … and so discern how we as Catholics can help them achieve their goals of full participation in their communities,” said Anthony Cirelli, associate director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
In an effort to fight growing acts of hatred against religious minorities, Detroit-area Muslims and Jews have been working together to do acts of charity on Christmas, a day of obvious significance that neither group celebrates. The positive spirit of the idea has inspired people of other faiths. This year, Christians and Sikhs have said they want to participate.
Around 70 inmates danced a Zumba routine flash mob titled the “Pope is Pop” to celebrate Pope Francis’s calls for prison reform. The prisoners were Catholic, Muslim and Orthodox from all over the world dancing to lyrics such as “Tonight you are not alone, Francis is there, everywhere. Hallelujah!”
As Bangladesh struggles to defend its legacy of interreligious harmony, the country’s first-ever cardinal says the pope has handed him a megaphone to influence the culture. “For sure, now they’ll listen to me more, they’ll take my contributions more seriously,” said Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario.
I am struck by the wisdom I find in the Sikh tradition, particularly on the “mercy and compassion of God.” The most important virtue, and God’s very nature for Sikhs is that God is love, mercy and forgiveness. The Sikhs call God, “Deyapati” (the Lord of all mercies, all compassion).
“Sadly, not a day passes that we do not hear of acts of violence, conflict, kidnapping, terrorist attacks, killings and destruction,” Pope Francis told an interreligious delegation Thursday, and “it is horrible that at times, to justify such barbarism, the name of a religion or the name of God himself is invoked.”