FOR INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE
Christians and Muslims:
Together in overcoming poverty
MESSAGE FOR THE END OF RAMADAN
‘Id al-Fitr 1430 H. / 2009 A.D.
5. As believers, the desire to work together for a just and durable solution to the scourge of poverty certainly also implies reflecting on the grave problems of our time and, when possible, sharing a common commitment to eradicate them. In this regard, the reference to the aspects of poverty linked to the phenomena of globalization of our societies has a spiritual and moral meaning, because all share the vocation to build one human family in which all — individuals, peoples and nations conduct themselves according to the principles of fraternity and responsibility.
6. A careful study of the complex phenomenon of poverty directs us precisely towards its origin in the lack of respect for the innate dignity of the human person and calls us to a global solidarity, for example through the adoption of a “common ethical code” (JOHN PAUL II, Address to The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 27 April 2001, n. 4) whose norms would not only have a conventional character, but also would necessarily be rooted in the natural law written by the Creator in the conscience of every human being (cf. Rorn 2, 14-15).
7. It seems that in diverse places of the world we have passed from tolerance to a meeting together, beginning with common lived experience and real shared concerns. This is an important step forward.
In giving everyone the riches of a life of prayer, fasting and charity of one towards the other, is it not possible for dialogue to draw on the living forces of those who are on the journey towards God?
The poor question us, they challenge us, but above all they invite us to cooperate in a noble cause: overcoming poverty!
Happy ‘Id al-Fitr!
Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran
Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata