Dear Hindu friends,

I join with you in celebration of Deepavali, the Festival of Lights, which celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

As Hindus in Singapore and around the world celebrate this joyous festival with family and friends on 26 October, the Catholic community joins with you in prayer for a continued strengthening of bonds and illumination of minds in our communities, as we work together for the common good.

We deeply value the work we have done in conjunction with representatives from the Hindu community, as well as other religions in the Presidential Council for Religious Harmony.

The focus on shared convictions enables the promotion of peace and harmony among all peoples and a mutual respect for the religious practices of all individuals and communities.

My dear friends, on behalf of the Archdiocese of Singapore, I pray that your celebration of Deepavali will be a source of joy and happiness for you and your families and enable a strengthening of bonds within your community.

Yours sincerely,

Archbishop Nicholas Chia

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