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WCC general secretary extends greetings on Diwali

22 October 2014

On the occasion of Diwali, a Hindu festival known as the “festival of lights” celebrated in autumn every year, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has extended greetings to Hindus, emphasizing the need for strengthening inter-religious dialogue and collaboration for the cause of justice and peace.

In an official letter issued on 22 October from the WCC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Tveit said, “We believe that it is through the strengthening of such inter-religious relationships that peace and justice are possible in our world today. In a world of increasing fragmentation, the necessity for religious communities to come together in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation and to work toward the common good is increasing each day.”

“It is important for Hindus and Christians to eschew any spirit of hostility, to embrace a spirit of hospitality, and to move together along the paths of justice and peace,” Tveit added.

Full text of the WCC general secretary’s greetings for Diwali

WCC programme for inter-religious dialogue and cooperation