Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/KAZAKHSTAN – “Christ was born in Kazakhstan, in the encounter with the other”, says the Bishop of Karaganda
Karaganda – “What we consider the extraordinary night of the birth of Jesus, for the inhabitants of Bethlehem was an evening like any other, where in the chaos of the census, the shepherds continued to guard, in darkness and silence, their flocks. In Kazakhstan too, Christmas is a day like any other, not a holiday, but a working day and even here, in a country where most of the people have not yet known it, Jesus was happy with a simple grotto, a poor manger with a little hay in order to be born on earth and be present among us, in our world. For us, the faithful of Karaganda and all the other Catholic parishes of Kazakhstan, Christmas, with all the limits imposed by the pandemic, was not only the commemoration of a historical event relegated to the past; instead it was something that happened in the present and that happens every day. For this reason, the greeting that we Catholics exchange in these days is not simply ‘Merry Christmas’, almost putting the protagonist of this birth on hold, but ‘Jesus is born!’, with the verb in the present tense, and everyone responds: Praise be to Him!”. This is what Mgr. Adelio Dell’Oro, bishop of Karaganda, tells Fides, giving an account of the Christmas celebrations in times of pandemic.