How Pope Francis made me better appreciate my Sikh faith (COMMENTARY)

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, far right, speaks as Pope Francis stands with Jewish and Muslim leaders as he visits the museum to the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, on September 25, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, far right, speaks as Pope Francis stands with Jewish and Muslim leaders as he visits the museum to the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, on September 25, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-INTERFAITH, originally transmitted on Sept. 25, 2015, and with RNS-PALLY-COLUMN, originally transmitted on Nov. 4, 2015.

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(RNS) Pope Francis embodies the Sikh concept of servant-leadership, which suggests that the best leaders are those who are constantly looking to serve those around them.

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  • Momma Shans

    Bernardo – Then it may be a good idea for you not to become a Sikh. Problem solved.

  • Raminder Singh

    We do not adhere to what you are saying. These views are your not, and not necessarily ours. Our way of life is much more practical. I have never heard of angels in Sikhism. Yes, reincarnation, but that is not our way of life. Janam maran, life and death is a reality. Not that anybody will be re incarnated or any such thing. It is to explain a particular point of righteousness. Understand what gurbani says, don’t give half knowledge.

  • kj singh

    you are confused about the religion. your thinking of hinduism. sikhism is very different from all the other faiths in its theology. this is a proven fact. our concept of the creator as well as the narrative of creation and our part in it including the contexts of life and death are all unique.

    do not apply preexisting assumptions when you analyze sikhism. for example in sikhism we belive god is beyond any type of single name. so we accept all names for god including many names in hinduism and islam. there is the main name but in actuality we believe the sincerity of your faith is more important than the token outward vocalization of a specific sound or the outward display of following along.

    sikhism is for those of higher critical thinking skills. its theology is one that is naturally different from the well known faiths because its genesis is not only much younger but because it also is in line with science. its theology isnt definitively out of line with science.

  • Kyle Gill

    Hell is a part of no being enlightened

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN,

    I’m so sorry to learn of the senseless violence committed against you, an innocent person. And very glad that you recovered!

    Thank you for sharing what Sikhs really believe. Education leads to understanding (or should).

    May YHWH bless and keep you and yours safe, now and forever!

  • Sanford

    I am a Sikh married to a devout practising Catholic. We are so very similar in so many ways. Il Papa Fransisco speaks for all humanity loving open minded human beings, regardless of faith.

    Thank you for an awe inspiring article.

  • Bernardo

    As summarized from many reputable references on religion:

    • A constant cycle of reincarnation until enlightenment is reached and belief that various beings (angels?, etc) exist that we, as mortals, cannot comprehend makes for a no on Sikhism.

  • Bernardo

    And yet again, to go along with the above comments:

    • A constant cycle of reincarnation until enlightenment is reached and belief that various beings exist that we, as mortals, cannot comprehend makes for a no on Sikhism. Reputable references are available upon written request.

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Bole so nihal – Sat Sri Akal.