Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes opening remarks at the start of a bilateral meeting with Israel at the United Nations climate change summit Monday, November 30, 2015 in Le Bourget, France. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau,has said that today, Orthodox Christians in Canada and around the world will come together to celebrate Christmas.

“Christmas is an opportunity to be thankful for the many blessings in our lives and to share our good fortune with others. These celebrations remind us of the importance of promoting the values of compassion, openness, and inclusion in our homes, our workplaces, our schools, and our communities.

“I encourage all Canadians to take time this holiday season to spread joy and kindness to their neighbours, extend a helping hand to those in need, and show greater compassion to those most vulnerable, at home and around the world.

“I also invite Canadians to reflect on the important contributions that Canadians of Orthodox Christian faith make to our country. Each day, Orthodox Christians across our country help build a brighter, more prosperous future for all of us.

“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating a merry Christmas, and health, peace, and happiness this holiday season.”