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His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, has greeted the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Antioch on the day of his heavenly patron – St. John the Theologian.

His Beatitude John X

Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East

Your Beatitude, Beloved Brother and Concelebrant at God’s Altar:

I cordially greet you on the commemoration day of St. John, Christ’s Friend and Evangelist – your name day.

By consoling the peoples of the East in their time of trial, you bear witness to the Risen Saviour before those who are near and who are far, calling people to peace, accord and mutual understanding.

Through the intercession of your heavenly patron, may the Chief Pastor Christ help you in your further Primatial work and may He preserve you in physical strength and spiritual fortitude for many good years.

With brotherly love in the Lord,

+ Kirill

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia