Поздравление с Рождеством от властей Канады

Православные жители Канады, празднующие Рождество Христово 7 января, получили в нынешнем году приятную поддержку со стороны государства в виде официального заявления главы Министерства Гражданства и Иммиграции Канады, а также поздравительного послания премьер-министра страны Стивена Харпера. Поздравляя всех православных христиан с Рождеством Христовым, премьер-министр называет Канаду идеалом свободы, гармонии и процветания, а также обращает внимание на значительный вклад православных общин, вносимый в богатое культурное наследие Канады. Заявление Министра Гражданства и Иммиграции вторит поздравительному посланию Стивена Харпера, признавая Рождество “временем глубокой важности для всех Православных христиан”.

Minister Kenney issues statement recognizing the celebration of Christmas by Orthodox and Eastern Rite Christians

Ottawa, January 7, 2010 — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement on the celebration of Christmas by Christians adhering to the Julian calendar:

“I would like to take this opportunity to extend my very best wishes for a happy and peaceful Christmas to Orthodox and Eastern Rite Christians as they celebrate the holiday today.

“Christmas is a time of profound importance to Orthodox and Eastern Rite Christians, who have enriched Canada and who continue to make tremendous contributions to our country’s rich and diverse heritage.

“As we give thanks at Christmas for the many gifts that we have in our own lives, and share those gifts with our friends and families, we are encouraged to act with generosity and compassion toward those in our communities less fortunate than ourselves.

“During this season of hope and joy, I also reflect on our great fortune in living in a country that embraces diversity and finds strength, stability, and unity in the coming together of the many cultures and faiths of the world.

“As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I offer my warmest and most sincere wishes to Orthodox and Eastern Rite Christians during their Christmas celebration, and throughout this new year.”

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