President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko congratulated Ukrainians who mark Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar. The President’s congratulation letter was published on the website of the Presidential Administration.
‘We have witnessed the birth of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church; Catholics and Protestants have gathered here today. I want to thank you for your support in obtaining the Ukrainian church, which is independent of Moscow and recognized by the world Orthodoxy. We don’t have and won’t have a state church. But there is real religious freedom, which we all cherish. With all the diversity, we are united by Ukraine and the faith in the birth and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ,’ Poroshenko claimed.
The Head of the state noted that ‘although we are threatened by the enemy, although they want to enslave our country and our people, we have no fear’.
‘We rejoice because the born Jesus comforts and wraps us with his love,’ the President said and recalled the words of Paul the Apostle: ‘If God is for us, who is against us?’.
‘I believe that with Jesus we will surely conquer hatred and evil; the Christ was born, and peace came to Earth. Christmas is a celebration of hope for the best, shrouded in mystery and family warmth,’ Poroshenko noted.