2015-12-25 11:15:00

Patriarch Kirill wishes world's spiritual leaders Merry Christmas

Moscow, December 25, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent Christmas wishes to the heads of the Churches that are celebrating Christmas on December 25.

"Over two thousand years separate us from that radiant night. Yet, to this day Christ is being born in the hearts of people, sanctified by grace, comforting them with His love. I wish you spiritual joy over the Saviour Who has come into this world, and His bountiful help in your Primatial ministry," the patriarch said in a letter, the text of which was obtained by Interfax-Religion.

Among his addressees are Pope Francis, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, chairman of the EKD Council, and heads of other non-Orthodox churches.

Roman Catholics, Protestants and some other Christian Churches celebrate Christmas on December 25. But the Jerusalem, Russian, Georgian, Serbian and Polish Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to the Julian calendar.