Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content at the RNS Archives website.

(RNS) While it is a long-established Vatican practice to send messages to the world's religious leaders on their major holy days, those greetings are usually signed by the Vatican's department for interfaith dialogue. This time, Pope Francis personally extended his greetings ahead of Eid al-Fitr, the conclusion of Ramadan.


  1. The Pope would do well to speak out about the persecutions committed towards members of non-Muslim religions.

  2. Most people love division and find their identities in hurting others in acts of complete ignorance. The Pope is very honorable, in my eyes, in trying to bridge gaps between groups when I live amongst many who prefer to create more issues. Perhaps grown-ups will one day find their true identity comes from knowing their own self and not found in the target of the day for their group.

  3. He should instead follow the example of Jesus Christ, God’s son, who preached the good news of God’s kingdom or heavenly government as the only “hope” for mankind.

  4. I think this is a very good thing. In today’s world, we should focus on what unites us rather than our differences.

  5. Father Frank Ivey OFM, M.Div., M.S.W.

    Amen, Amen! Thank God for Pope Francis! He shows an acute awareness of both pastoral and doctrinal issues with the other great religions of the world.
    It is exactly what Jesus would do in today’s world. (Which is filled with hate, distrust, and anger by all sides and peoples! Catholic, Orthodox, Christian, Jewish peoples, Muslins, and many others.)
    We are all equally God’s People!

    Fr. Frank