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His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia congratulated the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria on his Name Day. The text of the message is given below.

Your Beatitude, Beloved Brother and Concelebrant in the Lord:

I cordially greet you with the commemoration day of your heavenly patron, the Holy Great Martyr Theodore the Tyron.

The Lord, once having defended His people through the deeds of His saint, continues to take care of the Church through the pastors assigned for this ministry by the Holy Spirit. By His mercy and charity, God has supported the people of Africa by entrusting the multinational flock of this continent to Your Beatitude’s spiritual care.

On this day, memorable for you and for the Holy Church of Alexandria, I prayerfully wish Your Beatitude good health and God’s abundant help in your laborious primatial ministry.

With brotherly love in the Lord,


Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia