Vatican’s hope for Diwali – May the Transcendent Light illumine your hearts

“May the Transcendent Light illumine your hearts, homes and communities, and may all your celebrations deepen the sense of belonging to one another in your families and neighbourhoods, and so further harmony and happiness, peace and prosperity.”

This is the hope expressed by the Vatican Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue as it acknowledges the the celebration of the Hindu Festival of Light.

The Festival is more commonly called Diwali in North India and South India it is mostly called Deepavali. The meaning of both the words is the same.

“As people grounded in our own respective religious traditions and with shared convictions, may we, Hindus and Christians, join together with followers of other religions and with people of good will to foster a culture of inclusion for a just and peaceful society.” says the president of the Council, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran.

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