Mahatma Gandhi's grandson meets Pope
At Assisi, Pope Benedict XVI met with Mahatma Ghandiâs grandson - a âlow profileâ figure of great evocative importance, who brought the spirit of the âGreat Soulâ with him to the celebration of religions, writes Giacomo Galeazzi for the Vatican Insider.Screenshot from the Vatican Insider report
- October 28, 2011
As he sat beside religious leaders, religious ministers and presidents of world confessional associations, in the refectory of the Santa Maria degli Angeli convent, his teacherâs shyness stood out. A âlow profileâ figure, but one of great evocative importance, who brought the spirit of the âGreat Soulâ with him to the celebration of religions.
The Indian âFather of the Nationâ would have liked the âspirit of Assisiâ, Rajmohan Gandhi, who was also present at the first interreligious meeting convened 25 years ago, in 1986, by John Paul II, in the worldâs capital of peace.
His grandfather Gandhi, did not have a syncretistic vision of religions. Instead, he sent Hindus, Muslims and Christians to penetrate and practice their faith, before thinking about embracing another one.
Educating religions to open up to the great common truths, but starting by rediscovering their own tradition. Gandhiâs mission was not to politicise religion, but to spiritualise politics. This is why he wanted to link daily actions taken in public life, to morality.
Ratzinger meets Gandhi (Vatican Insider)