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Putin Congratulates Orthodox Christians, All Russians Celebrating Christmas

© Sputnik / Mikhail Klimentyev / Go to the mediabankRussian President Vladimir Putin attends an Orthodox Christmas service
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an Orthodox Christmas service - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.01.2023
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Orthodox Christians and all Russian citizens celebrating Christmas, the Kremlin said on Saturday.
Orthodox Russians, Serbs, Georgians, Poles and Ukrainians, as well as parishioners of the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, Eastern Catholic Churches and monks of Mount Athos celebrate Christmas on January 7.
“I wish Orthodox Christians and all those celebrating Christmas good health, success and all the very best,” the statement read.
The president noted that this holiday “inspires noble deeds and aspirations, and serves to reinforce in society such values as mercy, empathy, kindness and justice.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an Orthodox Christmas service at the Annunciation Cathedral of the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.01.2023
Putin Attends Overnight Orthodox Christmas Service at One of Kremlin’s Cathedrals
Putin also underlined the role of the Russian Orthodox Church and other Christian denominations in “unifying society, preserving our historical memory, educating the youth and strengthening the institution of family,” adding that they prioritize maintaining interethnic and interfaith peace in Russia, providing care for those in need and supporting soldiers participating in the special military operation in Ukraine.
On Christmas Eve, the Russian president attended the overnight service at the Kremlin’s Annunciation Cathedral.
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