Dr Paul Bhatti pays rich tribute to outgoing His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
We were sad and surprised after receiving the news of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to step down from his office, Dr Paul Bhatti Minister In Charge for the Ministry of National Harmony said this while talking to media. Dr Paul said that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI had been working tirelessly on inter-faith harmony and promotion of peace in the world. Dr Bhatti also stated that the outgoing pope had reiterated on numerous occasions that the only way forward to bring peace in the world was to live together with tolerance and diversity.
“ On one hand, we are saddened that he is stepping down but on the other hand we honour with high appreciation his courageous decision wherein he stated that it was difficult for him to carry on duties of the Petrine ministry due to his advanced age”, said the minister.
We also remember his unquestionable commitment for global peace and his wise and resounding voice that he raised whenever there was an incident of religious discrimination, stated the minister. Dr Bhatti said that the Pope was always a beacon of light in promoting religious dialogue and reconciliation. Dr Paul further stated that the Pope was also a strong advocate for furthering Muslim-Christian brotherhood.
Dr Paul also paid rich tributes to persistent and selfless services of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and wished him great health.