AMRITSAR: The Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (PCID) has offered its greetings and felicitations to Sikhs on the birth anniversary of their first master Guru Nanak Dev.
The message released on the eve of birth anniversary by PCID president Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran, a copy of which is with TOI, reads that both Sikhism and Christianity stress the centrality of families in the society.
“As believers grounded in our respective religious traditions and as members of larger human family, we are concerned about the future of families. May we Christians and Sikhs join hands with all believers and people of goodwill in order to nurture ‘true family spirit’ and to promote effective humanization,” the message read.
PCID is a dicastery of the Roman Curia, erected by Pope Paul VI on May 19, 1964, as the secretariat for non-Christians.
Vatican City’s message to Sikhs also talks of gradual erosion of family values that threatens the very institute of family in recent times. “We deem it opportune to share with you, on the occasion, some thoughts on the need, both for Christians and Sikhs, as members of one larger human family, to rise to the challenges and to contribute towards protecting and promoting families as centre of deep humanity,” it stated.
Jagjit Singh, chief Sikhi Sewa Society, Italy, told TOI over phone on Tuesday that they were thankful to the Vatican City for promoting Sikh-Christian brotherhood. He said the society had also participated in the recently held inter-faith conference at Vatican where religious leaders from a variety of denominations had gathered.
“During the conference, the stress was laid on the stronger family ties,” he said.
Meanwhile, Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar also issued separate messages on the eve of Guru Nanak’s parkash utsav (birth anniversary). “Every Sikh should spread the message of Guru and follow in their footsteps,” said Gurbachan Singh.