I am delighted to send you greetings on behalf of the Bishops of Scotland and indeed the whole Catholic community as you come to the end of your annual fast and enjoy the festival of Eid ul Fitr. This year the fast has seemed onerous to those of us who are not Muslim with the long days of summer here in Scotland but your commitment and joy in undertaking it is an inspiration to all of us. We know that fasting is a sign of the centrality of the Word of God in our lives and central in one way or another to both our faiths.
I am pleased too to forward the letter from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. This year the letter acknowledges the violence which has caused great suffering and killings to members of our communities. Those who in the name of a Merciful God carry out acts of violence and terrorism insult His holiness. “It is our task to educate our young in the way of true religion and to pray for justice, peace and security in our world as well as for those who have deviated from the true path of life and commit violence in the name of religion that they might return to God and change their lives. In praying together and working together in peace and harmony I pray that we can contribute to the future of humanity and to the human and spiritual growth of all”.
I conclude with renewed good wishes for a joyful festival of Eid ul Fitr, and further blessings in the year ahead.