His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia expressed condolences over the tragic consequences of the landslide that had stricken the Sichuan Province in China. The text of the letter is given below.
His Excellency Mr. XI JINPING
People’s Republic of China
I was deeply grieved to learn about the landslide in the Sichuan Province that had claimed the lives of dozens of people. Please accept my profound condolences.
I kindly ask you to convey to the relatives and friends of the victims of this natural disaster and to all the people of China my words of support and wishes of courage and fortitude in the face of this ordeal.
With deep condolences,
PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA