Dear Sikh Friends,

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.

In recent months we witnessed the escalation of war, violence and indescribable cruelty towards our fellow humans in the world. The respect for the equality of human beings regardless of social background, educational status, gender, ethnicity and religion, are fundamental values of our respective faiths. We should strive continually to uphold these values as a testimony to these pervading injustices.

In faith, we reaffirm the priceless gift that each person brings to the world; we are called to exercise compassionate service towards those among us who are less fortunate and in need of various kinds of support. This would necessarily include the materially poor, the needy, sick, elderly, handicapped, migrants, and the exploited in society. Humble service to these brothers and sisters would be a concrete reflection of our deep gratitude to our loving God who constantly cares and provides for our needs.

As such, may we also continue to contribute to the progress of a more caring nation, ever so conscious of our co-responsibility for one another’s welfare.

On behalf of the Catholic archdiocese of Singapore, I heartily wish all our Sikh brothers and sisters a happy Prakash Divas of Guru Nanak Dev Ji!

Most Rev William Goh, D. D., STL            
Archbishop of Singapore

Msgr Philip Heng, S. J.                 
Vicar General (Interreligious Relations)

4 November 2014