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Patriarch Alexei II congratulates Orthodox Christians on X-mas

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=11131879&PageNum=0 Patriarch Alexei II congratulates Orthodox Christians on X-mas 02.01.2007, 08.53 MOSCOW,
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      Patriarch Alexei II congratulates Orthodox Christians on X-mas

      02.01.2007, 08.53

      MOSCOW, January 2 (Itar-Tass) - The patriarch of Moscow and All
      Russia Alexei II has called on Orthodox Christians to prove the
      beauty and strength of the Orthodox faith with their lives.

      "Let joy, faith, prayer and good deeds constitute a life feat of any
      Orthodox person," the patriarch said in his Christmas address. The
      patriarch believes that more and more Russian people "are returning
      to the faith of their fathers," "the churches are being filled with
      parishioners of all ages, millions of people read religious
      literature and take part in church affairs." Alexei II also spoke
      about progress in the unification of the church at home with the
      overseas Orthodox Church.

      "The unity and contacts that were interrupted by the tragic events
      that shook the country more than 80 years ago are now being restored
      in what we see God's will," the patriarch went on to say.

      At the same time, Alexei II expressed concern with the tragic events
      on the holy land where the Saviour was born two thousand years ago.
      "The blood of innocent people was spilled there again. We are praying
      to God asking him that the land sanctified by the birth, life,
      suffering and the ascension of the Saviour has, in the long run,
      become the place of peace," the message said. It would be
      impermissible to justify evil by faith," he added. He recalled that
      the participants in a meeting of world religious leaders that was
      held in Moscow last summer called on believers to respect and
      understand each other despite religious, national and other differences.

      The patriarch congratulated all Orthodox Russians on Christmas and
      urged them to take an active part in public life.
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