The message reads, in part:
”The joyful holiday of Christmas is dear to the hearts of millions of people. It gives us the eternal light of faith and fills our hearts with happiness and hope. On such days the efforts of the Russian Orthodox Church to strengthen the moral foundation of society and to retain our rich spiritual, cultural and historical heritage becomes especially visible.
I am sure that the comprehensive activity of the Church in education, charity and other equally important areas will continue to enjoy the support and understanding of the state and society.“