Message of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue at the close of Ramadan

Source: FSSPX News


Mgr. Fitzgerald, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, addressed his wishes “to the world’s Muslims at the close of Ramadan”: “May the God of goodness give us the strength to be veritable peace makers!” was his wish for Christians and Muslims, in his message entitled “Establishing peace today”.

He took the words from the encyclical written forty years ago, Pacem in terris, in order to show what the roots of peace are: John XXIII considered peace to be “like an edifice resting on four pillars: truth, justice, love and liberty.” The president of the Council for Inter-religious Dialogue continued his address, explaining that “each one of these principles must be present, in order that good and amicable relations exist between peoples and nations,” in developing each of these pillars, and adding to them a fifth one: prayer. This addition of prayer refers to Islam, whose practice is founded on five pillars: profession of faith, almsgiving, fasting, the pilgrimage to Mecca and prayer.

Mgr. Fitzgerald specified that, during the day of prayer for peace at Assisi in January 2002, the pope affirmed that: “prayer is opening up to, listening to, dialogue and union with God, the source of true peace.” It “allows us to encounter reality with a strength which comes from God.” Apic agency concluded: This message is anchored equally well in Christianity as in Islam, since the month of Ramadan is also a “period of intense prayer”.

No clarification at all was made on the indestructible opposition of Islam to the Holy Trinity, or the almost daily acts of violence against Christians in Muslim countries; to quote only very recent examples: 22 Copts killed in Egypt a week ago and thirteen Catholic churches burned down in Nigeria two days ago.