There is always tension between state and religions and among religions themselves. How do we handle such tensions in a creative and proactive way so that they do not give rise to terrorism, civil war or religious wars? - This is the Keynote Address delivered by His Grace, Archbishop William Goh on 'Nostra Aetate' at the 2nd SRP Distingished Lecture and Symposium Series, 20 January, 2016, Marina Mandarin Singapore.
It is with great joy that I greet you on this wonderful celebration of Deepavali – the victory of Light over Darkness. May your celebration be filled with the light of love and harmony as you gather among family and friends to renew, rekindle and strengthen bonds that are so much at risk in this age of individualism.
I would like to extend my warmest wishes of our Catholic community to you all as your holy month of Ramadan draws to a close. The spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving which we share with you as Catholics, is a great delight for all of us.
We rejoice with you in your celebration of the feast of Vesak recalling the birth, enlightenment and final nirvana of Gautama Buddha. May your celebration be a very joyful and peace-filled one.
“Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say: Father, save me from this hour? But it is for this very reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” “A voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again’.”
I rejoice with you on your Gurpurab celebration of Guru Nanak Dev Ji on 6 November, with sincere wishes for peace, harmony and the greater strengthening of the bonds of solidarity among your families, friends and communities. May the warm friendship between our Sikh and Catholic communities continue to blossom and bear abundant fruits of joy, unity and hope; more so as the golden jubilee celebrations of our nation’s independence draw near.
The triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, which you commemorate in this Festival of Deepavali, is also an ideal which all humankind cherish; particularly in these troubling times of moral decay, social injustice and racial and religious intolerance.
May this message express my great esteem and respect for all Muslims; in particular, your active involvement in promoting peace, and harmony through interreligious dialogue, and projects that reach out to victims of environmental calamities and the poor and needy of different religions and races.
I would like to extend my heartfelt greetings and best wishes to all of you as you celebrate the feast of Vesak which commemorates the birth, enlightenment and final nirvana of the Buddha. May you continue to grow in wisdom, gratitude and compassion towards all sentient beings.
With heartfelt thanksgiving, I share in your joy on this vibrant festival of Deepavali, which celebrates the triumph of good over evil and of light over darkness. As you unite yourselves with fellow Hindus all over the world during this Festival of Lights, may God bless you abundantly as you renew ties of friendship with God, family and friends and also all of humanity in goodwill.