03 June 2019, GENEVA – The Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue Ambassador Idriss Jazairy has received a message from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) of the Holy See addressed to all Muslims of the world, on the occasion of the Id al-Fitr that marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The letter was transmitted to the Geneva Centre by the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to UN in Geneva HE Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic.
In the message entitled “Christians and Muslims: Promoting Universal Fraternity” signed by the Secretary of the PCID HE Bishop Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, the latter invites Muslims and Christians to tear down walls raised out of fear and ignorance and seek together to build bridges of friendship that are fundamental for the good of all humanity.
HE Bishop Ayuso likewise calls upon Christians and Muslims to continue advancing the culture of dialogue as a method of growing in knowledge of one another, defend the values of mutual understanding, human fraternity and harmonious coexistence as well as to re-establish wisdom, justice and love.
In conclusion, the message appeals to both Christians and Muslims to put together into practice not only an attitude of tolerance but true and peaceful living together. “The month of Ramadan with its dedication to fasting, prayer and almsgiving, is also a month for strengthening the spiritual bonds we share in Muslim-Christian friendship. I am pleased, therefore, to take this opportunity to wish you a peaceful and fruitful celebration of Ramadan,” HE Bishop Ayuso said in his message addressed to Ambassador Jazairy.