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Message for Catechetical Sunday 2019: “Christ, Our Mission”

[Message in English] My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The theme for this year’s Catechetical Sunday, “Christ, Our Mission” (Phil 1:21) is a call to all baptized Catholics to make Christ known to others, especially those on the peripheries. “For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21). In this verse, the apostle Paul is saying that everything he has tried to be, everything he is, and everything he looked forward to becoming, pointed to Christ. From the time of Paul’s conversion until his martyrdom, every move he made was aimed at advancing the knowledge, gospel and church of Christ. Paul’s singular aim was to bring glory to Jesus. The phrase ‘to live is Christ’ should be central to each one of us. “To live is Christ” means that we proclaim the gospel of Christ. It means that we imitate the examples of Christ. “To live is Christ” means that we pursue the knowledge of Christ. It means that we are willing to give up anything that prevents us from having Christ. “To live is Christ” means that Christ is our focus, our goal, our chief desire. Christ is the centre point of our mind, heart, body and soul. Everything that we do, we do for Christ’s glory. In his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis reminds us that as baptized Catholics, we are all catechists and evangelizers. Thus as baptized Catholics, we are always encouraged to learn about our faith, but above all, we are called to give witness to the life of Jesus Christ that is at work within us. The strength of our faith, at a personal and community level, can be measured by the ability to communicate it to others, to spread and live it in charity, to witness to it to those we meet and those who share the path of life with us. St Pope Paul VI eloquently taught us that: “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses”. We need to know our faith so that we can bear witnesses to it. “Nemo dat quod non habet” … We cannot give what we do not have. Therefore, knowledge of the essential teachings of our faith is important. It’s a foundation that is essential to building life-long faith formation. Many youths ask, “When does Catechism finally come to an end?” It doesn’t! We are never through learning about and experiencing our faith. The truths of the Scriptures and the teachings of our Faith have been described as a great pool in which the smallest child can play in, but one in which the brightest of theologians could never touch the bottom. We can and should spend a lifetime swimming in that pool. As we celebrate Catechetical Sunday, it’s a great opportunity for us to check in and ask ourselves if we have learned everything there is to know about our faith, or if perhaps Christ is asking us to go a little deeper into the pool. Let us rekindle our excitement for the gift of faith and develop our enthusiasm for this treasure that we carry in earthen vessels. Our mission, our calling, our vocation as Catholics is to make God apparent in the world. We should let others see Him through us. This Catechetical Sunday, let us recommit ourselves to our vocation as teachers of the faith. Let us vow to proclaim the Good News, to be heralds of the gospel, to be messengers of healing and hope. We need to strive, very simply, to make our lives examples of what it means to be a Catholic: To love without conditions, to pray without ceasing, to be compassion and mercy in a world full of desperation and fear. The writer M. Craig Barnes put it beautifully, “God is always present,” he wrote, “but not usually apparent.” So let us live to make Christ, Our Mission and in the words of St Paul, “conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the Gospel of Christ”. Archbishop Julian Leow President Malaysian Catechetical Commission [Message in Chinese] 2019年教理主日 亲爱的主内弟兄姐妹们: 今年教理主日的主题是“基督,我们的使命”(斐1:21)。这是一项召叫---凡受洗的天主教徒都要让基督显示于他人,特别是周遭的人。 “因為在我看來,生活原是基督,死亡乃是利益。”(斐1:21)。在这经节中,保禄宗徒说他尝试所有的一切、所为的一切,以及他期待成为的一切,都是朝向基督。从保禄悔改到殉难期间,他的一切所做所为都在使信仰知识、基督的福音和教会前进。他唯一的宗旨是为耶稣带来荣耀。 “生活原是基督”这句话应该是我们每个人的核心。“生活原是基督”意味着我们要宣讲基督的福音。这意味着我们在仿效基督的榜样。“生活原是基督”意味着我们想方设法要认识基督。这也意味着我们愿意舍弃一切阻碍我们拥有基督的事物。“生活原是基督”意思是基督是我们的重心、目标和首要的意愿。基督也是我们的思维、心神、身体和灵魂的中心点。我们所做的一切,都是为了基督的荣耀。 教宗方济各在他的第一道宗座劝喻中,Evangelii Gaudium(福音的喜乐)提醒我们,身为受洗的天主教徒都是传教士和福音的传播者。因此,我们作为受洗的天主教徒应常受激励多认识我们的信仰,以便我们能为在我们内心工作的耶稣基督的生命作见证。在个人和社区层面,宗教信仰的力量可以通过以下能力来衡量:与他人交流、传播信仰、以慈善方式生活、向那些我们遇到的人和同我们分享人生道路的人见证信仰。教宗圣保禄六世情深意切地教导我们:“现代人更乐意听的是见证而不是听说教,如果他确实有听取说教者的话,那是因为他们就是见证人”。 我们需要认识我们的信仰以便能为它作证。 “Nemo dat quod non habet”......我们不能给予我们所没有的东西。 因此,认识我们信仰的基本教义是极为重要。它是建立一生的信仰培育不可缺的基础。 很多年轻人都会问:“学习教理何时会结束?”事实上并非如此! 我们永远不会藉着学习来体验我们的信仰。 圣经的真理和我们信仰的教导可描述为一个巨大的泳池,它能让年幼的孩子在其中玩耍,但是连最优秀的神学家却永远无法触及其底部。 当然,我们可以在那个泳池里善度一生。 当我们庆祝教理主日时,这真是一个良机让我们省查并扪心自问:我们是否已经了解了我们的信仰,或许基督也会要求我们游往深处去。让我们重新点燃我们对这份信仰礼物的激情,并培育我们对装在瓦器里的宝藏的热情。 我们的使命,我们的召叫,身为天主教徒的我们唯一的圣召就是要让天主彰显于世。藉着我们让他人看到天主。让我们在这个教理主日里重新作出承诺以便成为信仰讲授员(传道员/教理讲授员)。 让我们去宣扬福音,为福音的先驱者、为治愈和希望的使者。我们需要努力但是非常简单地,就是让我们活出成为天主教徒的意义---无条件地爱,不停地祈祷,在充满绝望和恐惧的世界中给予同情和怜悯。 作家M.Craig Barnes说得漂亮,他写道:“天主常存,却总不易见。”所以,让我们生活,为使基督成为我们的使命,正如圣保禄所言:“你们生活度日只应合乎基督的福音”。 [Message in BM] PESAN MINGGU KATEKETIKAL 2019 Suadara-saudari dalam Kristus, Tema Minggu Kateketikal tahun ini, “Kristus Misi Kita” (Fil 1:21) merupakan panggilan untuk semua umat Katolik yang telah dibaptis untuk memperkenalkan Kristus kepada orang lain, khususnya mereka yang di sekeliling kita. “Kerana bagiku, hidup adalah Kristus, dan mati adalah keuntungan.” (Fil 1:21). Dalam petikan ini, rasul Paulus mengatakan bahawa segala-gala yang dia telah usahakan, segala keberadaannya dan segala yang diharapkannya menjadi peribadi yang dia inginkan, terarah kepada Kristus. Sejak pertaubatan Paulus sehingga ke matiranya, setiap tindakan yang dia ambil adalah bertujuan untuk memantapkan pengetahuan, Injil dan gereja Kristus. Hanya satu tujuan Paulus iaitu untuk kemuliaan Yesus. Ungkapan ‘hidup adalah Kristus’ harus menjadi pusat untuk setiap kita. “hidup adalah Kristus” maksudnya kita mewartakan Injil Kristus. Bererti bahawa kita meneladani sikap Kristus. “Hidup adalah Kristus” bermaksud kita memantapkan pengetahuan kita tentang Kristus. Ini bererti kita sanggup meninggalkan segala sesuatu yang menghalang kita untuk memiliki Kristus. “Hidup adalah Kristus” bererti Kristus adalah fokus kita, tujuan kita, yang kita utamakan. Kristus merupakan pusat pemikiran, hati, tubuh dan jiwa kita. Maka segala sesuatu yang kita lakukan adalah untuk kemuliaan Kristus. Dalam amanat apostolik pertama Bapa Suci Francis, Evangelii Gaudium (Sukacita Injil), dia mengingatkan kita bahawa sebagai umat Katolik yang telah dibaptis, kita semua adalah katekis dan penginjil. Maka sebagai umat Katolik, kita selalu didorong untuk mempelajari iman kita, tetapi yang paling utama kita dipanggil untuk memberi kesaksian tentang hidup Yesus yang berkarya dalam hidup kita. Kekuatan iman kita secara peribadi dan berkomuniti dapat diukur dari kemampuan menyampaikannya kepada orang lain, menyebarkannya dan menghidupinya dalam amalan kasih, memberi kesaksian iman kepada mereka yang kita temui dan kepada mereka yang berkongsi perjalanan hidup dengan kita. Santo Paus Paulus ke 6, mengajar kita bahawa: “Manusia moden lebih suka mendengar pada kesaksian daripada mendengar para guru dan jika dia mendengar pada guru-guru, kerana mereka adalah para saksi.” Kita perlu mengetahui iman kita supaya kita dapat memberi kesaksian padanya. “Nemo dat quod non habet”… kita tidak dapat memberi apa yang tidak ada pada kita. Maka pengetahuan tentang intipati ajaran iman kita sangat penting sekali. Ia merupakan dasar yang sangat diperlukan untuk penbentukan iman yang berterusan. Ramai para belia bertanya. “Bilakah Katekimus akan berakhir? Ia tidak akan berakhir! Kita tidak pernah berhenti belajar tentang iman dan mengelamani iman kita. Kebenaran mengenai Kitab Suci dan ajaran-ajaran iman kita diumpamakan seperti kolam yang sangat besar sekali di mana anak kecil dapat bermain di dalamnya, tetapi tidak ada seorang pun ahli teologi yang sangat pitar dapat menyentu dasarnya. Kita boleh dan seharusnya berenang sepanjang hayat dalam kolam itu. Sempena merayakan Minggu Kateketikal adalah kesempatan untuk kita menilai dan bertanya kepada diri kita sendiri adakah kita mengetahui segalanya tentang iman kita atau mungkin Kristus meminta kita supaya pergi lebih dalam di kolam itu. Marilah kita semarakkan kegembiraan akan anugerah iman dan kembangkan minat kita pada harta yang kita bawah dalam pasu duniawi. Misi dan panggilan kita sebagai umat Katolik adalah menjadikan Allah nampak dalam dunia. Orang lain harus melihat Dia melalui kita. Dalam Minggu Kateketikal ini marilah kita memperbaharui komitmen dalam panggilan kita sebagai guru iman. Marilah kita berjanji untuk memberitakan Khabar Gembira, mewartakan Injil, menjadi utusan kesembuhan dan harapan. Kita hanya perlu berusaha menjadikan hidup kita contoh erti menjadi seorang Katolik: mengasihi tanpa syarat, berdoa tanpa henti, penyayang dan berbelas kasihan dalam dunia yang penuh dengan putus asa dan ketakutan. Penulis M. Craig Barnes dengan indah mengunkapkan, “Allah sentiasa hadir, tetapi tidak kenampakan.” Maka marilah kita jadikan Kristus, Misi Kita dan dalam kata-kata St. Paulus, “pastikanlah kelakuanmu selaras dengan Injil Kristus.”[Message in English] My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The theme for this year’s Catechetical Sunday, “Christ, Our Mission” (Phil 1:21) is a call to all baptized Catholics to make Christ known to others, especially those on the peripheries. “For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21). ...
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Pray for the purification, healing and renewal of the Catholic Church during the month of the Rosary

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, The month of October is traditionally our month of praying the rosary. As you gather in your homes and neighbourhood, in Family Bloc Rosary, BEC, Tamans, Kampongs, let us pray with the universal Church for the intentions of the Holy Father. "If one member suffers, all suffer together with it" (1 Cor 12:26). Pope Francis has called on Catholics everywhere to pray, fast, and make reparation for the sins of clerical abuse that is hurting the Church and her mission. Our Church in Malaysia is part of the universal Body of Christ, and suffers with all the victims. Let us turn to Mary our Mother and Mother of the Church, during this month of Rosary to pray for the purification, healing and renewal of the Catholic Church everywhere, beginning in our own families, parishes and dioceses. The daily Mass on the last Friday of 26 October will be offered for this intention. Other forms of penance during this month may include personal adoration, acts of charity, acts of sacrifice, acts of piety, corporal and spiritual acts of mercy. We must implore the mercy of God upon the Church and the world. We remain in communion of prayers with you the People of God. Issued by the Catholic Bishops of Malaysia on 26 September 2018, Penang. Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, The month of October is traditionally our month of praying the rosary. As you gather in your homes and neighbourhood, in Family Bloc Rosary, BEC, Tamans, Kampongs, let us pray with the universal Church for the intentions of the Holy Father. "If one member ...
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Merdeka & Malaysia Day Message 2018

Brothers and Sisters, The theme for this year’s 61st Merdeka Day and 55th Malaysia Day celebration “Sayangi Malaysiaku” resonates most deeply with the beating heart of every Malaysian. It also marks a maturity of sorts for our Nation which had witnessed an unprecedented electoral tsunami and most importantly a peaceful transfer of power that took place on 9 May 2018. We offer praise and thanks to God for blessing our beloved country with renewed hope. However, the work of Nation rebuilding is not only for politicians but also for every citizen. Our role in nation-building Our moral duty did not end at the ballot box. In fact, it was just the beginning. Much work is now needed to put our Nation back on the path of national togetherness, where good governance, fairness and justice must no longer be mere slogans but become facts of everyday life. This is only possible if we as faithful and responsible citizens assume the responsibility of fostering this spirit of unity, trust, fairness and accountability in our own daily lives. We must find our strength of action from our faith where civility and mutual respect are deeply entrenched in scripture, in our prayers and in the example of our Saints. It is upon this bedrock of faith that we must manifest our care for each other irrespective of creed or colour and for the vulnerable, the discriminated and the marginalised in society. Every choice that we make, must take us ever closer and in favour of the common good and preserving Malaysia in all its colour, its worship, its diversity and in its uniqueness. For if we are to regard Malaysia as our shared home, we must learn to appreciate each other and learn from one another. We ought to avoid choices that only serve narrow and personal aims that are ultimately destructive to our spiritually, to our social fabric, race relations and our environment: “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful one.” Proverbs 2:6-8 Redefining Nationalism Nationalism isn’t about aligning oneself to the dominant narrative of the day. It is never about tyranny of a majority against a minority. It is never the misappropriation of National resources to the exclusion of others. Perhaps we ought to return to the words of our founding father Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, in the Proclamation of Independence where he said that our Nation: “shall be for ever a sovereign democratic and independent State founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people and the maintenance of a just peace among all nations”. It is perhaps timely that we reflect, advocate and act upon these founding principles of Nationhood that in time, may break the narrow and selfish Nationalism indoctrinated upon us in the past. Build Bridges Malaysia’s progress as a Nation must include the cultivation of essential values which are integral to the harmony and unity of its people. This translates to building strong bonds of understanding and unity among the various races and religions. Thus ensuring that fair-play and care for all people form the cornerstone of our society. We are Malaysia. The friendships we build across our social boundaries, across our comfort zones and across racial and religious divides are what makes Malaysia the nation that it is. With God as our loving guide, may our love for our neighbour increase and may we continue to celebrate the diversity of this country – a place we belong to each other. Malaysia needs every one of us to build on the good works of the past. Brick by loving brick we must ensure a just society, a bulwark against any future storm. Let us recapture and retain the innocence of that first muhibbah spirit and the feeling of pride for our Nation – the same togetherness and pride our forefathers felt hearing the proclamation of “Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!” Today, let us as one united Malaysia, proudly declare that we ‘Sayangi Malaysiaku’. SELAMAT MENYAMBUT HARI MERDEKA DAN HARI MALAYSIA! Devotedly in Christ, Most Reverend Julian Leow Beng Kim, D.D, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia on behalf of the bishops of Malaysia Brothers and Sisters, The theme for this year’s 61st Merdeka Day and 55th Malaysia Day celebration “Sayangi Malaysiaku” resonates most deeply with the beating heart of every Malaysian. It also marks a maturity of sorts for our Nation which had witnessed an unprecedented electoral tsunami and most importantly a peaceful transfer ...
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Message for the feast of Wesak: “Christians and Buddhists: Preventing and Combatting Corruption Together”

PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE Christians and Buddhists: Preventing and Combatting Corruption Together MESSAGE FOR THE FEAST OF VESAKH 2018 Dear Buddhist Friends, 1. On behalf of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, we extend our warmest greetings and prayerful good wishes on the occasion of Vesakh. May this feast bring joy and peace to all of you, your families and your communities throughout the world. 2. We wish to reflect this year on the pressing need to promote a culture free of corruption. Corruption involving the abuse of positions of power for personal gain, both within the public or private sectors, has become such a pervasive scandal in today’s world that the United Nations has designated 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day. As the phenomenon of corruption becomes more widespread, governments, non-governmental organizations, the media, and citizens around the world are joining together to combat this heinous crime. As religious leaders, we too must contribute to fostering a culture imbued with lawfulness and transparency. 3. Pope Francis’ monthly prayer intention for February 2018 was “Say ‘No’ to Corruption.” In denouncing “the sin of corruption,” he recognizes that corruption is found throughout the world among politicians, business executives and clerics. Those who ultimately pay the price for corruption, he observes, are the poor. Recalling the words of Jesus to his disciples, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant” (Matthew 20:26), the Pope insists, “the only road leading out of corruption […] is service. Because corruption comes from pride, from arrogance, and service is humbling: it is precisely the humble charity of helping others” (Morning Meditation, Domus Santae Marthae, 16 June 2014). 4. Dear friends, as Buddhists, you regard corruption as an unwholesome state of mind that causes suffering and contributes to an unhealthy society. You identify three principal toxins – greed, hate, and delusion or ignorance - as sources of this social scourge that must be eliminated for the good of the individual and society. The Second Precept of Buddhism, “I undertake to observe the precept to abstain from taking that which is not given,” teaches Buddhists to discern whether those things that come into their possession are indeed meant for them. If such things have been taken from others illicitly, they may not rightfully be kept. Buddhist teachings and practice not only disapprove of corruption but also seek to transform the unhealthy state of mind, intentions, habits and actions of those who are corrupt. 5. Even though, both our religious traditions firmly denounce the evil of corruption, we sadly acknowledge that some of our followers participate in corrupt practices and this leads to bad governance, corporate bribery and the pillaging of national assets. Corruption puts lives at risks for it is connected to low economic growth, weak investment, inflation, monetary devaluation, tax evasion, great inequality, poor education, sub-standard infrastructure, and the degradation of environment. It also threatens the health and safety of individuals and communities. People are scandalized by incompetent and corrupt politicians, ineffective legislation and the failure to investigate major corruption cases. Populist movements, sometimes motivated and sustained by religious fundamentalism, have arisen to protest the breakdown of public integrity. 6. We believe that corruption cannot be answered with silence, and that well- intentioned ideas will prove inadequate unless they are applied, and that such implementation is necessary for corruption to be eliminated. We Buddhists and Christians, rooted in our respective ethical teachings, must work together to prevent corruption by eradicating its underlying causes and to root out corruption where it exists. In this effort, our main contribution will be to encourage our respective followers to grow in moral integrity and a sense of fairness and responsibility. Our common commitment to combating corruption must include cooperating with the media and civil society in preventing and exposing corruption; creating public awareness of corruption; holding white-collar criminals who plunder national assets accountable for their actions, regardless of their ethnic, religious, political, or class affiliations; teaching and inspiring all people, but especially politicians and public servants, to act with the utmost fiscal integrity; calling for due legal process to recover assets that are stolen through corruption and bringing to justice those responsible for this crime: encouraging more women to participate in politics: refusing to entrust with public office those engaged in illegal activities; and introducing transparent and inclusive institutions based on the rule of law for good governance, accountability, and integrity. 7. Dear friends, may we actively commit ourselves to fostering within our families, and social, political, civil, and religious institutions an environment free of corruption by living a life of honesty and integrity. It is in this spirit that we wish you once again a peaceful and joyful feast of Vesakh! Signed Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran President Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, MCCJ Secretary PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE Christians and Buddhists: Preventing and Combatting Corruption Together MESSAGE FOR THE FEAST OF VESAKH 2018 Dear Buddhist Friends, 1. On behalf of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, we extend our warmest greetings and prayerful good wishes on the occasion of Vesakh. May this feast bring joy and peace ...
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Mesej untuk Bulan Ramadan dan Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

(Message in BM) Salam Saudara-Saudari yang beragama Islam, Tuhan yang maha kuasa dalam Rahmat-Nya, telah memberikan saudara dan saudari peluang untuk menunaikan ibadah puasa dalam bulan Ramadan ini dan menyambut ‘Id al-Fitr. Majlis Pontifikal Untuk Dialog Antara Agama menghargai akan pentingnya bulan ini dan usaha tidak terhingga umat Islam seluruh dunia untuk berpuasa, berdoa dan berkongsi anugerah yang Maha Kuasa dengan golongan miskin. Menyedari anugerah yang didorong oleh Ramadan, kami turut serta saudara dan saudari dalam memanjatkan kesyukuran kepada Tuhan Maha Rahim untuk belas kasihan dan kemurahan hati-Nya, dan kami menghulurkan setulus ikhlas ucapan kepada saudara sekalian. Pada kesempatan ini, kami ingin berkongsi buah fikiran dengan saudara-saudari Islam yang dikasihi, berkenaan aspek penting hubungan antara umat Kristian dan umat Islam: keperluan untuk beralih daripada persaingan kepada kerjasama. Semangat persaingan sering mencorakkan hubungan antara umat Kristian dan Islam pada masa lampau telah meninggalkan kesan negatif yang jelas: cemburu, saling menuduh dan ketegangan. Dalam sesetengah kes, ini membawa kepada konfrontasi kasar, terutamanya apabila agama telah diperalatkan lebih-lebih lagi kerana kepentingan diri dan motif politik. Persaingan antara agama seperti ini melukakan imej agama dan pengikutnya, dan memupuk pendapat bahawa agama bukanlah sumber keamanan, tetapi ketegangan dan keganasan. Untuk mencegah dan mengatasi kesan-kesan negatif ini, adalah penting untuk kita, umat Kristian dan umat Islam mengingat kembali nilai-nilai agama dan moral, yang kita kongsi bersama, sambil mengakui perbezaan kita. Dengan menerima persamaan yang kita pegang dan melalui rasa hormat kita tunjukkan terhadap perbezaan yang sahih, kita boleh mewujudkan asas yang lebih kukuh bagi hubungan damai, beralih daripada persaingan dan konfrontasi kepada kerjasama yang efektif demi kebaikan bersama. Ini terutamanya untuk membantu mereka yang amat memerlukan bantuan dan membolehkan kita menjadi saksi yang boleh dipercayai terhadap cinta kasih yang Maha Kuasa untuk seluruh umat manusia. Kita semua mempunyai hak dan kewajipan untuk menjadi saksi kepada yang Maha Berkuasa yang kita sembah, serta berkongsi kepercayaan kita dengan orang lain, sambil menghormati agama dan sentimen agama mereka. Marilah kita bekerja bersama-sama dan menghormati satu sama lain supaya hubungan persaudaraan kita lebih aman. Dengan cara ini, kita akan memberi kemuliaan kepada yang Maha Kuasa dan menggalakkan keharmonian dalam masyarakat, yang semakin memiliki ciri-ciri berbilang etnik, berbilang agama dan berbilang budaya. Kami akhiri dengan ucapan selamat berpuasa yang penuh berkat dan sambutan ‘Id al-Fitr yang penuh meriah serta jaminan kami kepada sekalian saudara saudari dalam kesatuan doa. (Message in English) MESSAGE FOR THE MONTH OF RAMADAN AND ‘ID Al-FITR Christians and Muslims: From competition to collaboration Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters, In his Providence, God the Almighty has granted you the opportunity to observe anew the fasting of Ramadan and to celebrate ‘Id al-Fitr. The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue appreciates the importance of this month and the great effort by the Muslims throughout the world to fast, pray and share the Almighty’s gifts with the poor. Mindful of the gifts prompted by Ramadan, we join you in thanking the Merciful God for his benevolence and generosity, and we extend to you our heartfelt best wishes. The thoughts we would like to share with you on this occasion, dear Muslim brothers and sisters, concern a vital aspect of relations between Christians and Muslims: the need to move from competition to collaboration. A spirit of competition has too often marked past relations between Christians and Muslims, the negative consequences of which are evident: jealousy, recriminations and tensions. In some cases, these have led to violent confrontations, especially where religion has been instrumentalized, above all due to self-interest and political motives. Such interreligious competition wounds the image of religions and their followers, and it fosters the view that religions are not sources of peace, but of tension and violence. To prevent and overcome these negative consequences, it is important that we Christians and Muslims recall the religious and moral values that we share, while acknowledging our differences. By recognizing what we hold in common and by showing respect for our legitimate differences, we can more firmly establish a solid foundation for peaceful relations, moving from competition and confrontation to an effective cooperation for the common good. This particularly assist those most in need, and allows us to offer a credible witness to the Almighty’s love for the whole of humanity. We all have the right and the duty to witness to the All-Powerful One we worship, and to share our beliefs with others, while respecting their religion and religious sentiments. So that we may further peaceful and fraternal relations, let us work together and honor each another. In this way we will give glory to the Almighty and promote harmony in society, which is becoming increasingly multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural. We conclude by renewing our best wishes for a fruitful fast and a joyful ‘Id, and assure you of our solidarity in prayer. From the Vatican, 20 April 2018 Signed Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran President Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.I. Secretary (Message in BM) Salam Saudara-Saudari yang beragama Islam, Tuhan yang maha kuasa dalam Rahmat-Nya, telah memberikan saudara dan saudari peluang untuk menunaikan ibadah puasa dalam bulan Ramadan ini dan menyambut ‘Id al-Fitr. Majlis Pontifikal Untuk Dialog Antara Agama menghargai akan pentingnya bulan ini dan usaha tidak terhingga umat Islam seluruh dunia untuk berpuasa, ...
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