Kazakhstani experience in interconfessional accord and effective model of national unity based on millennial history of Christianity and Islam: Metropolitan Methodius
January 6. KAZINFORM. ALMATY
By tradition on the eve of Christmas Day marked by the Russian Orthodoxy Church on January 7 Metropolitan of Astana and Almaty Methodius delivered his Christmas message at the special press conference in Almaty Tuesday.
The Archbishop congratulated all Kazakhstanis, whishing welfare, peace, success in good deeds. He reminded the believers of the traditions of the holiday, church services commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ and of coming visit of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill to Kazakhstan on invitation of the Kazakh President. He will arrive in Almaty on January 16.
This will be the first visit of the Patriarch to Kazakhstan. Metropolitan Methodius believes that the visit shows special respect to our country especially in the year of Kazakhstan’s OSCE chairmanship. “The meeting with the Patriarch is expected by both his vast congregation and our compatriots practicing other traditional for our country religions. As long as the unique Kazakhstani experience in interconfessional accord and the effective model of the national unity are based on the millennial history of Christianity and Islam, on our joint desire to defend traditional spiritual values before the existing disbelief”, the Metropolitan noted.