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His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent the following Easter greeting to the heads of foreign states of the Orthodox Christian tradition: Greece, Cyprus, Serbia and Bulgaria:


I cordially greet you with the great feast of Holy Pascha.

On this light-bearing day we glorify the Conqueror of death and Giver of life our Lord Jesus Christ who “also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous… He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit” (1 Pet 3:18).

Let us join our efforts and work together for upholding noble ideals of the Gospel among people for the sake of peace and accord among nations and countries.

I wish you physical and spiritual fortitude, God’s aid and success in your responsible work.

With deep respect,


Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia