Article: One World Religion
Instead it calls for a joint reflection on "how we can live harmoniously in today's society, witnessing to the truth, light and hope that Diwali celebrates. While religions are often blamed for society's ills, we know that it is rather the manipulation of religion, contrary to its fundamental beliefs, that is used to carry out so many forms of violence."
Titled Christians and Hindus: Together in favour of Non-violence, the message cites the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI and Gandhi, to say that "[n]on-violence is not merely a tactical manoeuvre but is the attitude of one who, as the Pope affirmed, 'is so convinced of God's love and power,' [. . .] that he is not afraid to tackle evil with the weapons of love and truth alone."
"In the Hindu tradition," the message goes on to say, "non-violence is one of the more important teachings. Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Indian nation, is respected and held in high regard by people of different generations around the world for his complete dedication to the service of humanity. During the course of his struggle for freedom, he realized that 'an eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind'. Throughout his life, he developed among others, the concept of Ahimsa (non-violence). He is a model for non-violence and he led by example to the point of laying down his life because of his refusal to engage in violence."
Finally, the message ended saying that "[n]on-violence is encouraged by many other religions. Non-violence is central to our beliefs as the way to promote truth, light, mutual respect, freedom and harmony. As religious leaders called to uphold the truth found in our respective religions, let us help to foster non-violence among our followers and support it in their actions."