"Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters,
I address you on behalf of my colleagues, the Archbishops and Bishops of the Catholic Church in Scotland, to wish you well at the end of Ramadan. We know it is a time of celebration in the community and in the family, a time when you give thanks to Allah, the God whom we honour as our Creator and Sustainer, for His many blessings.
We Christians in Scotland admire you for your fidelity to prayer and your keeping of Ramadan, and desire that we may become ever closer in giving common witness to faith and in the upholding of family values.
We appreciate the invitation of the Muslim Council of Scotland to visit mosques to break the daily fast and hope that as time goes on more of us may find the opportunity to do so. While unable myself on account of other commitments to do so this year I am glad that our Secretary for interfaith relations, Sr Isabel Smyth, was able to visit in a representative capacity.
Such contacts, such events, are important in furthering understanding and in promoting good relations between our Faith communities, so important when facing conflicts between peoples in the global sphere. We need to offer an example of peaceful endeavour,
Cardinal Tauran, on behalf of Pope Francis, has issued a letter addressed globally to Muslim communities, and I have the pleasure, as chairman of our (Scottish) Committee for Inter-religious Dialogue, of forwarding a copy to you. We fully concur with his statement: "We perceive the importance of promoting fruitful dialogue built upon mutual respect and friendship". We are committed to this cause. I conclude with renewed good wishes for a joyful festival of Eid ul Fitr, and further blessings in the year ahead.
+ Mario Conti
Chair of the Committee for Inter Religious Dialogue of the Catholic Church in Scotland"
We have received two replies to this letter :
Dear Sister , that email is the most touching I've ever had I am humbled to have received a message from such prestigious circle . I shall pray for all Christian and Muslim brotherhood for the future .
Thanks for your email conveying Eid Mubarak (greetings).
It is very reassuring for the Muslim communities both Shia and Sunni to receive such loving and caring letters from the catholic church.
May the diversity of our country be a beacon of light to others where we all dwell in peace and harmony.
Please convey my Salam to archbishop Conti and all at bishops conference