by Anura Guruge
Strictly speaking this is NOT from the Pope. It is from the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. The word ‘dicastery‘ mentioned in the text refers to this, i.e., a curial department. But to be fair the pope is aware of it even though he might not have looked through it word for word.
The Vatican does put out a Vesak greeting every year. So this is not new. Here is a link to last year’s message.