The President said Christmas, which is celebrated by all the Christians around the world as a universal festival, embodies loving kindness. Religion is one of the most precious guiding lights of the human civilization, President Maithripala Sirisena said in his Christmas message today.He said religion makes people show compassion and kindness to others and be empathetic towards others. “Jesus Christ, who could reduce power-crazy kings such as Herod to a mere mention in the history was a great messenger of reconciliation and social righteousness to the world. This makes Jesus Christ an eternal savior to people around the world,” he said.The President extended his warmest greetings for a wonderful Christmas to all Christians who nourish the teachings of universal love, peace, happiness and kindness. “Over 2,000 years ago, the Jesus Christ was born into this world in an era when immorality, chaos and cruelty was the order of the day. Since then, the new religious vision that emerged centering a humble dwelling shines eternally as a mark of human greatness,” he said.