Here is what the Archbishop said:
Dear Sikh Friends,
I am delighted to send you and the Sikh community in Scotland greetings from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue as you celebrate the birthday of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Sahib later this week. I too send my good wishes and pray that this feast “strengthen the bonds of relationships between your families and communities for greater happiness, harmony and peace.”
The letter from the Pontifical Council reflects on how we Christians and Sikhs can promote compassionate service in society. Service lies at the heart of both of our faiths and today there are many opportunities for us to do this with opportunities to reach out to the poor, the elderly, the hungry, the homeless, migrants and refugees to name just some of the needy in our society.
While many of our individual communities serve these needs, it is a powerful witness when we do this together. At present we hear of disputes and conflicts between religions but our cooperation in the work of interfaith relations can be a witness to cooperation between religions and to our commitment to the common good of the society in which we all live.
As the letter says, “ May we Christians and Sikhs, rediscover the importance of compassionate service in our personal and collective lives and make it a way of life inspiring and encouraging others … so as to promote happiness, harmony and peace everywhere.
Once again, I wish you, on behalf of my colleagues, the Bishops of Scotland, the Committee for Interreligious Dialogue and the whole Catholic community, every blessing on this joyful Feast.
With all good wishes,
Archbishop Emeritus of Glasgow
Chair of the Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Inter-Religious Dialogue