Christmas: Gov. El-Rufai Urges Christians To Pray For Peace

The festival of Christmas could be celebrated most meaningfully by remembering the biblical proclamation of Jesus's birth, the President said.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao today extended Christmas greetings to the people.

Fr Evariste Biramahire the priest Regina Pacis in Kimironko told Christians to embrace peace among themselves as they celebrate the birth of "the Prince of Peace".

Christmas marks the birth of Jesus Christ and is celebrated with pomp and fervour around the globe. "Merry Christmas!" the statement said. It is also an occasion to renew the bonds of love, tolerance and compassion, which Jesus taught the world.

A number of top government officials issued Christmas greetings as the prime minister announced observing Christmas at an official level this year, according to MNA Shunila Ruth.

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May this Christmas help us to rediscover the bonds of fraternity linking us together as individuals and joining all peoples.

"A particular thought goes to our brothers and sisters who celebrate the Birth of the Lord in hard, if not hostile situations, especially where the Christian community is a minority, often vulnerable or not taken into account".

"God is loving, because he gave us a gift and the gift he gave us is Jesus Christ to redeem us from sin, " he said.

Similarly, Pastor Abdulrahman Abraham, the Assistant Resident Pastor, Living Faith Church, Kugbo, FCT has described Christmas season as a time for rejoicing, giving thanks for life and showing love to other people. "How meaningful it would be that we not only cherish life along the years by treasuring the presence of the elderly in our lives and ensure that they live their old age with dignity, but that we also cherish the baby in the mother's womb". "Let us receive him and rejoice with him", he said.

He expressed confidence that service to God with clear conscience brought about good tidings and blessings to the believers.

  • Sonia Alvarado