Vatican City, Aug 27, 2020 / 09:30 am America/Denver (CNA).
Christians should respond to the coronavirus pandemic by showing “interreligious solidarity,” a new document jointly issued by a Vatican dicastery and a global ecumencial organization said Thursday.
The document, “Serving a Wounded World in Interreligious Solidarity,” was published Aug. 27 by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) and the World Council of Churches (WCC).
Introducing the text, Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, president of the PCID, said “the pandemic has exposed the woundedness and fragility of our world, revealing that our responses must be offered in an inclusive solidarity, open to followers of other religious traditions and people of good will, given the concern for the entire human family.”
The new document, subtitled “A Christian Call to Reflection and Action During COVID-19 and Beyond,” seeks “to offer a Christian basis for interreligious solidarity that can inspire and confirm, in Christians of all churches, the impulse to serve a world wounded not only by the COVID-19 pandemic but also by many other wounds.”
The text argues that, for Christians, the basis for “interreligious
solidarity” is found in the Holy Trinity, “our belief in God who is one in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” It lays out principles for expressing this solidarity amid a global pandemic that has claimed more than 822,000 lives.