April 28, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, issued the following statement on Orthodox Easter:
“Alleluia, Christ is risen!
“Today I join Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Christians in Canada and around the world in celebrating Pascha!
“Easter, sometimes known as Pascha, marks the holiest day in the Christian faith as it celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
“On the third day after his crucifixion on Good Friday, Jesus rose from the grave and triumphed over sin and death to reconcile all believers to God the Father. Through his death, Christ saved mankind from the bondage of sin and restores to us the promise of new life.
“Although this is a joyous occasion for Christians, we must remember those who continue to face violence and intolerance around the world. As recent attacks on churches in Sri Lanka and the Philippines have shown, Christians are one of the most persecuted communities around the world and many are terrorized even in their own places of worship. We will speak out against such horrific attacks on faith communities of all traditions.
“Canada’s Conservatives will continue to stand up for freedom of religion at home and abroad, and we will continue to be a strong voice for persecuted Christians around the world.
“From my family to yours and on behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I wish everyone celebrating a very joyful and blessed Easter.”
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