ATHENS — The meaning of Easter and its promise for the future, but also the war in Ukraine, were contained in messages from Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and political party leaders on Sunday, Greek Orthodox Easter.
Prime Minister Mitsotakis reiterated the promise that the Greek state will continue to support citizens and businesses during price hikes. He also noted that the Greeks are united in celebrating Easter. “It is this unity that has enabled us to overcome national challenges, the pandemic and all the trials and tribulations that have preceded them,” the Prime Minister said, “so that we can now celebrate for the first time away from the threat of the coronavirus, which is receding.
He also spoke of the beleaguered but free Ukrainian people, “who continue to be attacked by Russian invaders who share their religion”, and the repercussions of the war throughout Europe.
“Easter is a celebration of hope,” main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras said in his message, for a better future. The country is facing the crises of the coronavirus pandemic and rising prices, which together with the war in Ukraine make the future bleak, the leader of SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance has said. Yet, throughout its history, “the Greek people knew how to discover the path to resurrection – to make Calgary a new beginning. This fresh start is what Easter means this year,” he stressed.
PASOK-Movement for Change (KINAL) leader Nikos Androulakis spoke about the ongoing war in Ukraine, the pandemic and the inequalities created by the new energy crisis and rising commodity prices. “In this dismal environment, we must responsibly build a different future, with more opportunities for younger generations, more justice and more dignity.”
In his message, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece, Dimitris Koutsoubas, said: “From the daily calgary of the high cost of living, crises, war, let us achieve the uplift and resurrection of the people, because only the people can save people!”
The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ to save humanity is a message of hope, Greek Solution leader Kyriakos Velopoulos said in his Easter message. “Our faith determines that this hope must not be lost,” Velopoulos stressed.
“Last year at Easter, we prayed for the end of the pandemic which claimed and still claims our relatives, friends, acquaintances, fellow citizens,” said MeRA25 secretary Yanis Varoufakis. “This year, religious or not, we are all praying for something else – an end to the war that is killing our fellow human beings, plunging the majority into poverty, worsening famine in Africa and Asia, and bringing everyone together – the humanity – of climatic catastrophe. Life, however, is “indomitable and resurrects the hope that the light wins just when the darkness is thickest,” Varoufakis noted.