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The themes were immigrants and hospitality

An Ecumenical Christmas in Turku for 20 years

Jenni Haukio ja presidentti

Above: President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö donated the badges he received at the Nelson Mandela memorial service on 10 December 2013 to the City of Turku. The heads of state who took part in the service and their adjutants wore these badges on their lapels for the duration of the memorial service. On the left: Bishops Teemu Sippo and Leo, Mayor Randell, Mrs Jenni Haukio, the President of the Republic and Archbishop Kari Mäkinen.

Above: Church leaders made an appeal for people who have been forced to flee from their home countries due to wars or natural disasters.
presidentti Niinistö
Above: President Sauli Niinistö read excerpts of Frans Emil Sillanpää's Christmas stories, in which happiness is found in the warmth of the home and simple living - in moderation.
Tarja Turunen

Tarja Turunen's renditions of well-known Christmas carols wowed the audience. Images: Kari Vainio ja Arto Takala

Immigrants and hospitality were the anniversary year’s themes at the Ecumenical Christmas in Turku event, which was held at Turku Cathedral on 12 December 2013.

The ecumenical appeal for peace was read by Archbishop Kari Mäkinen of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Archbishop Leo of the Orthodox Church of Finnish, Bishop Teemu Sippo of the Catholic Church in Finland, and Jari Portaankorva, Head of the Baptist Church of Finland.

The humanitarian message was presented by Sauli Niinistö, the President of the Republic. In his humanitarian message, Sauli Niinistö reminded people of the loneliness that many people suffer from, even during the upcoming Christmas period. He also reminded us all to seek moderate and simple happiness in life, since we are already living at the expense of our children's future. Our current rate of consumption simply cannot continue as it is.

Soprano Tarja Turunen as soloist

Finnish Soprano Tarja Turunen, who is currently living in Buenos Aires, performed as the soloist of the evening. Turunen is known for her career in both classical and rock music, and as a groundbreaking musical artist.

During the evening, the event featured performances by Organist Markku Hietaharju, Cantor Jukka Pietilä, the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, lead by Conductor Pertti Pekkanen, and the Turku Cathedral Boys’ Choir CCI, led by Heikki Rainio.

On TV on Christmas Eve

The event was televised. The programme airs on TV1 on Christmas Eve before the Declaration of Christmas Peace.

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