President, PM greet people on occasion of Christmas

New Delhi, December 24, 2012

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today greeted the people on the occasion of Christmas, which will be celebrated tomorrow.

"May the Christmas bells dispel hatred and violence. As the world lights candles for Christmas this year, may the spirit of caring and sharing pervade our beings. 
"Let us renew in our minds and hearts the teachings of love and compassion of Jesus Christ and recall his sacrifice for humanity," Mr Mukherjee said.
He said people in India were marking Christmas at a time when the nation is joined in anguish and distress over the recent horrific attack on a young girl in New Delhi. 
"I laud the courage and tenacity of this young lady and her family. On this Christmas day, let us join in prayer for the full and speedy recovery of this strong and courageous girl. Let us resolve to redouble our efforts for the protection of women and their welfare. Let us strive to ensure that women feel safe and secure at all times in our country," he said.
Dr Singh said the festival of Christmas was a special opportunity to spread the spirit of peace. 
"The festival of Christmas gives the hope to strengthen the values of brotherhood, tolerance and caring. May the festival bring happiness and prosperity to all," he added.

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