Vatican City, Nov 23, 2018 / 01:02 am
Ahead of a major holiday for adherents of Sikhism, a Vatican council encouraged Christians and Sikhs alike to promote greater compassion toward all people, especially the vulnerable and marginalized.
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issued a letter on Monday for the upcoming Sikh holiday, celebrated on Nov. 23 this year. The letter was signed by Bishop Miguel Guixot, secretary of the council.
The holiday – Sri Guru Nanak Prakash Diwas – celebrates the birthday of the first guru and founder of the religion. The religion is practiced largely in India, where it originated in the 15th century.
"May your festivities marking this feast renew and reinvigorate the bonds of mutual respect and love in your families and communities, so also enhance – among you – happiness, harmony and peace!" the letter read.