Message of Cardinal Poupard for the end of the Ramadan

Source: FSSPX News


Cardinal Paul Poupard, president of the Pontifical Council for Interrelious Dialogue, made exception this year by presenting the message addressed to the Muslims for the end of the Ramadan to the press. The message co-signed by Mons. Pier Luigi Celata, secretary of the same Council, was published in several languages on October 20, 2006, a few days before the official end of the Ramadan, on October 24.

Entitled “Christians and Muslims in confident dialogue to meet together the challenges of our world” the document was addressed to the Muslims through the various bishops’ conferences in the world.

“I am happy”, declared the cardinal in his introduction, “to address this message to you for the first time as President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and to extend the Council’s warmest greetings as you celebrate the conclusion of the fast of Ramadan.”

“The month of Ramadan which you have just completed has also undoubtedly been a time of prayer and reflection on the difficult situations of today’s world. While contemplating and thanking God for all that is good, it is impossible not to take note of the serious problems which affect our times: injustice, poverty, tensions and conflicts between countries as well as within them. Violence and terrorism are a particularly painful scourge.”

“As Christian and Muslim believers, are we not the first to be called to offer our specific contribution to resolve this serious situation and these complex problems? Without doubt, the credibility of religions and also the credibility of our religious leaders and all believers is at stake. If we do not play our part as believers, many will question the usefulness of religion and the integrity of all men and women who bow down before God.”

And he concluded: “Everyday worries together with the more serious problems faced by the world call for our attention and our action. Let us ask God in prayer to help us confront them with courage and determination. In those places where we can work together, let us not labor separately. The world has need, and so do we, of Christians and Muslims who respect and value each other and bear witness to their mutual love and co-operation to the glory of God and the good of all humanity.”

On Sunday October 22, on the occasion of the Angelus, Benedict XVI addressed in Italian “a cordial greeting to the Muslims of the entire world who are celebrating in these days the conclusion of the month of the Ramadan fast”, and he “wished all serenity and peace.”