Mahatma Gandhi's grandson meets Pope
At Assisi, Pope Benedict XVI met with Mahatma Ghandiâ€™s grandson - a â€ślow profileâ€ť figure of great evocative importance, who brought the spirit of the â€śGreat Soulâ€ť 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 teacherâ€™s shyness stood out. A â€ślow profileâ€ť figure, but one of great evocative importance, who brought the spirit of the â€śGreat Soulâ€ť with him to the celebration of religions.
The Indian â€śFather of the Nationâ€ť would have liked the â€śspirit of Assisiâ€ť, Rajmohan Gandhi, who was also present at the first interreligious meeting convened 25 years ago, in 1986, by John Paul II, in the worldâ€™s 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. Gandhiâ€™s 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)