May knowledge reign over ignorance; May kindness and sincerity fuel our actions; and May happiness be the essence of our existence.
“Give up all varieties of religiousness, and surrender unto Me; and in return I shall protect you from all sinful actions. There you have nothing to fear.” – Bhagavad-Gita 18.66
VATICAN: As Hindus worldwide celebrate Deepavali or Diwali, the festival of lights, the Vatican has called on Hindus, Christians, followers of other religions and people of good to foster together a culture of inclusion for a just and peaceful society.
In a message released on Monday, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue wished Hindus worldwide for this year’s Diwali on Oct 23.
“In the face of increasing discrimination, violence and exclusion throughout the world, ‘nurturing a culture of inclusion’ can be rightly seen as one of the most genuine aspirations of people everywhere,” wrote Council president, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran who signed the message.
Despite the several blessings of globalization, the message said that peoples, particularly the poor and marginalized have been excluded from the benefits of globalization, leading to various manifestations of discontent, discontent, uncertainty and insecurity.
Widespread materialism and consumerism have made people more self-absorbed, power-hungry and indifferent to the rights, needs and sufferings of others, leading to a “‘globalization of indifference’ and a ’culture of exclusion’.
The exploitation of children and women, the neglect of the elderly, sick, differently-abled, migrants and refugees, and the persecution of minorities are sure indicators of this culture of exclusion.
The Vatican thus urged all to join hands to foster a culture of inclusion for a just and peaceful society. – From AFP