To His Eminence Manuil,
the Archbishop of Petrozavodsk and Karelia,
Orthodox Christians of the Republic of Karelia
My cordial greetings to you and all the Orthodox Christians of the Republic of Karelia on Christmas and the Beginning of the Indiction!
Christmas being the symbol of beginning of a new life is of special sense for those who cares for spiritual revival of our Mottherland. Thanks to such revival our society can nurture and keep the cherished peace and mutual understanding for years to come. I believe that in this important sphere cooperation between the church and the state will keep developing.
I express you my deepest gratitude for your self-denying service for the sake of ideals of the good and justice!
In 2010 our country celebrates the 65 anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, and the Republic of Karelia will celebrate the 90th anniversary of its foundation. Together with you we have planned a number of activities devoted to anniversaries, and we look forward to their successful implementation.
Let the forthcoming year be happy and active for all of us! I wish you enjoy good health and and may God be your helper in good works and devotional feat!
With sincere respect,
Head of the Republic of Karelia