City (AsiaNews) - The Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue issued a
message today as Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, nears its end (18
August). Signed by the Council's president, Card Jean-Louis Tauran, the message
calls for "common reflection on the education of young Christians and Muslims
for justice and peace that are inseparable from truth and freedom."
by Benedict XVI's message for this year's World Day of Peace, the message focuses
on the educational role of the family, schools and universities, "not
forgetting about those responsible for religious, cultural, social, and
economic life, and the world of communication."
such, it is particularly important for it comes at a time of turmoil among young
people in many Muslim countries following youth-led Arab revolutions.
the pontiff, the message goes on to say that "today more than ever we need
authentic witnesses, and not simply people who parcel out rules and facts... A
witness is someone who first lives the life that he proposes to others."
is determined first of all by the identity of the human person, considered in
his or her entirety". For believers, the latter lies "in the fact that all men
are created by God and are called to become one, single family. Such a vision
of things, with full respect for reason and openness to transcendence, urges
all men and women of good will, inviting them to harmonize rights and duties."
the tormented world of ours, educating the young for peace becomes increasingly
urgent. To engage ourselves in an adequate manner, the true nature of peace
must be understood: that it is not limited to the mere absence of war, or to a
balance between opposing forces, but is at one and the same time a gift from
God and a human endeavour to be pursued without ceasing. It is a fruit of
justice and an effect of charity. It is important that believers are always
active in the communities they belong to: by practising compassion, solidarity,
collaboration and fraternity, they can effectively contribute towards
addressing the great challenges of today: harmonious growth, integral
development, prevention and resolution of conflicts, to name just a few."
Card Tauran, young Christians and Muslims must "be genuine heralds of justice
and peace and builders of a culture which respects the dignity and the rights
of every citizen." Hence, "We invite them to have patience and tenacity
necessary for realizing these ideals, never resorting to doubtful compromises,
deceptive short-cuts or to means which show little respect for the human