Pope Francis congratulated Orthodox Christians with Christmas
Pope Francis congratulated the Orthodox and Catholics of Eastern churches on the upcoming Christmas holiday.
“Some Eastern churches, Catholic and Orthodox, which follow the Julian calendar, will celebrate Holy Christmas tomorrow. To them I extend my heartfelt and brotherly congratulations as a sign of commonality among all of us Christians who recognize Jesus as Lord and Savior. Merry Christmas to all of them!”,- said the Pontiff in the traditional Sunday sermon at St. Peter’s square in the Vatican.
Earlier on Sunday, Pope Francis led a solemn mass in the Vatican Basilica on the occasion of the feast of the Epiphany celebrated by Catholics.
One of the main Christian holidays, established in honor of the birth in the flesh of the Son of God Jesus Christ by the Virgin Mary, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates December 25, according to the Gregorian calendar. The Russian, Jerusalem, Georgian, Serbian Orthodox churches, as well as the Old Believers and the old-styled churches celebrate the Nativity of Christ on January 7.