Vatican greets 'Hindu Friends' on Deepavali
A US based Hindu group has applauded Vatican for its "message on the occasion of the feast of Deepavali" sending its "warmest greetings and congratulations" to "Hindu Friends", published at "Vatican: The Holy See" website on November eight.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement, welcomed the Vatican for wishing "Blessed Deepavali" and the suggestion to explore the responsibility to form all people into peace-makers.
Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism headquartered in Nevada (USA), extolled Vatican's wish on the occasion, which indicated forming "young men and women into people of peace and builders of peace" and urging religious leaders to "continue to inspire the young generation to walk the path of peace and to become messengers of peace".
He also commended His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for reportedly including verse from ancient Hindu scripture Upanishads in the Good Friday Meditations and Prayers led by him at Roman Colosseum in 2009.
Zed urged Pope to visit a Hindu temple in the near future to promote mutual understanding and respect between the faiths.
All religions should work together for a just and peaceful world, Zed added.
This Deepavali message was signed by President Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Secretary P. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot of Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Zed suggested that it would be even better if such messages were signed by Pope himself.
Pope Benedict leads the Roman Catholic Church (headquartered in Vatican City), which is the largest of the Christian denominations.
Most popular of Hindu festivals Deepavali (Diwali), the festival of lights, aims at dispelling the darkness and lighting up the lives and symbolizes the victory of good over evil. It fell on November 13 this year.