Malcolm Turnbull took the opportunity ahead of Sunday to wish Australia’s 383,000 Greek Orthodox Christians a happy Easter.
In an official letter addressed to the community, the prime minister recognised the religious holiday as “the holiest and most spiritually significant of the seasons of the liturgical year – a reminder of the example set by Christ, and His commitment to serve others”.
He also highlighted that Easter can be a significant time not only for those of faith, but for all Australians who acknowledge the role and meaning of Christianity in the nation’s social fabric and heritage of belief.
“During this time, many of us will gather with family and friends and share traditional food. We will also redouble our commitment to the less well-off, as we are reminded of our shared responsibility to love, serve and forgive one another,” wrote Mr Turnbull.
The Liberal leader then turned the attention to multiculturalism, claiming that one of Australia’s great strengths is “the mutual respect of different communities for each other”.
“At the core of our success are the values that we share − hope, respect and a deep belief that everyone should have the freedom to express who they are.
So to all celebrating Easter this year, my warmest wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday.”
source: Neos Kosmos