Sikh Community Shines in Papal Services in New York

Sikh Community Shines in Papal Services in New York

September 25, 2015 (New York, NY) – Sikh community leaders from across the United States joined the Sikh Coalition’s Sapreet Kaur and Simran Jeet Singh in celebrating the recognition of the Sikh faith during Pope Francis’ 9/11 Memorial interfaith service today.

University at Buffalo professor, Dr. Satpal Singh, shared a Sikh prayer with Pope Francis, while his daughter, Dr. Gunisha Kaur, delivered the English translation for the hundreds in attendance and for the millions watching around the world. Dr. Singh and Dr. Kaur were two of just eleven interfaith community members who were invited to be on stage for the service.

Click here for photos from the event.

The Sikh Coalition worked with Dr. Singh and the Sikh Council for Interfaith Relations to coordinate Sikh community attendance at the service. The Sikh Coalition then worked to publicize the Sikh story through U.S. and international news channels.

“We were honored when Dr. Singh and the Sikh Council for Interfaith Relations reached out to the Sikh Coalition for our support in coordinating Sikh attendance for the service today,” said the Sikh Coalition’s Executive Director, Sapreet Kaur. “It’s not every day that the Sikh faith is so prominently featured at such a high profile international event. This once again highlights the continued progress being made on multiple fronts to ensure that our presence and participation as a community is heard around the world.”

Since the beginning of September the Sikh Coalition has worked with Dr. Singh and Dr. Kaur to secure news coverage in several news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Religion News Service, Buffalo News, NBC News, India Today, the Metro, and the Huffington Post.  As always, the Sikh Coalition urges Sikhs everywhere to continue to practice their faith fearlessly.

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