A competitive attitude between Christians and Muslims fosters the belief that religions are a source of tension and violence, not peace, said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran.
“It is important that we Christians and Muslims recall the religious and moral values that we share, while acknowledging our differences,” said the cardinal, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
“By recognising what we hold in common and by showing respect for our legitimate differences, we can more firmly establish a solid foundation for peaceful relations, moving from competition and confrontation to an effective cooperation for the common good,” he said in a message to Muslims.
The annual message was for Ramadan, which began on 16th May, and Eid al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the monthlong fast, which will be on or around 15th June this year. The Vatican published the message on 18th May.
Titled, ‘Christians and Muslims: From Competition to Collaboration’, the message expressed appreciation for “the great effort by the Muslims throughout the world to fast, pray and share the Almighty’s gifts with the poor.”
Picture: Palestinians pray at Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem’s Old City on 18th May. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, said on 18th May that a competitive attitude between Christians and Muslims fosters the belief that religions are a source of tension and violence, not peace. (CNS photo/Ammar Awad, Reuters).