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Odisha CM reiterates commitment to justice, peace to all 

By Purushottam Nayak

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told a Christmas program on December 23 that he is committed to bring justice and peace to everyone in the eastern Indian state.

“I assure you all and I am committed to bring justice and peace irrespective of caste, creed to build peaceful state. I wish you all A Merry Christmas,” the chief minister told some 500 people who gathered at St. Vincent’s Pro-Cathedral Catholic Church in Bhubaneswar, the state capital.

Patnaik express happiness to join the Christian community to celebrate their greatest feast.
“It is a great joy to participate with the Christian Community. The advent of Christmas brings brotherhood, compassion, peace, joy and happiness,” he said in his message.

He commended Christians for their service in education and other fields.

Legislators and leaders of other Christian denominations were among those present on the occasion.

Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, who welcomed the gathering, said the “little boy” of Bethlehem brought revolutionary changes in the belief systems of trillions of people of this world in the short life span of 33 years. He did so not by warns and destruction, but through love and affection, selflessness and self-sacrifice, the Divine Word prelate added.

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9 Responses to Odisha CM reiterates commitment to justice, peace to all

  1. Adam

    The Christmas celebration successfully completed under tight security by the State Government of Odisha. We thank the Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik. Indeed he is a secular man.

  2. Rajibl

    Christians’ presence is felt in Odisha. Education in the Christians institution is recognized in every nook and corner of the State.

  3. Rashmi

    We have faith in Naveen Patnaik for the smooth and joyful celebration of Christmas

  4. Sunil

    It is a welcome gesture from the Govt. to join in the Christmas gathering.

  5. Albert

    Assurance from the Govt. of the State is a joyful news. People of Odisha faced anti-Christian violence in the Christmas season in 2007-2008. This tragic event haunts every year. And there fore it is a great relief for the Christians.

    • A. S. Mathew

      Sri. Arvind Kejriwal after participating at the Christmas celebration conducted by the Speaker of the House stated that every year, New Delhi will be having Christmas celebrations. These politicians all got their education at the Christian Institutions, and all the non-RSS politicians remember gratefully and profoundly appreciate the great contribution of the Christian community in India in education-healthcare and social uplift of the discarded people of the society with the love of JESUS CHRIST.

      The RSS Government is noted in India and around the world, their deep dislike and hatred towards the Christians of India. But people like Kejriwal-Naveen Patnaik-Mamtha Banerjee etc will be taking the leading role to stand with the Christian community of India. Also the political leaders of South India and northwest Indian States will be coming forward to stop this national disorder. Without an ounce of apology, may I tell it openly that GOD will be teaching a big lesson to the RSS Government of India for their well planned strategy to intimidate the Christian community of India through their street goons.

      • A. S. Mathew

        Sorry, northeastern States of India, the Christian majority States of India will be taking be taking strong steps to stop the attacks against the Christians.

  6. Peter

    May the words of the Chief Minister come into the reality!

  7. A. S. Mathew

    Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, you were always a lover of Christians. GOD bless you and Bihar. MERRY CHRISTMAS.