WASHINGTON, Jan 7 (KUNA) -- The White House released a statement on Tuesday
from President Barack Obama in which he said he and his wife, Michelle, wish
Coptic Orthodox Christians in the United States and around the world a joyous
"On this special day, we celebrate the messages of peace and hope that
continue to inspire congregations more than 2,000 years after Jesus' birth,"
"During this season, we reaffirm the commitment of the United States to
work for the protection of Christians and other people of faith in Egypt and
around the world," he said. "The freedom to practice our faiths is
critical to stable, pluralistic and thriving societies, and the United States
will continue to be vigilant in its work to protect that freedom."
"We wish Coptic Christians the blessings of this season and join them in
offering prayers for peace in the year ahead," the President said. (end)
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