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Pope Offers Warm Wishes to Churches Celebrating Christmas January 7

Some Eastern Churches, Catholic and Orthodox, Follow the Julian Calendar

Pope Francis on January 6, 2019, wished a “Happy Christmas” to those who will celebrate the occasion on January 7.

His comments came after praying the noonday Angelus with 60,000 of the faithful in St. Peter’s Square.

“Some Eastern Churches, Catholic and Orthodox, which follow the Julian calendar will celebrate Holy Christmas tomorrow,” the Holy Father said. “To them go my warm and fraternal good wishes in the sign of communion among all of us Christians, who acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Saviour. I wish them all a Happy Christmas!”

Christmas Message of His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church

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