17 December 2021
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Patriarch Kirill wishes happy birthday to Pope Francis
Moscow, December 17, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has extended birthday greetings to Pope Francis, who turns 85 on Friday.
In his message, which has been published on the website of the Russian Orthodox Church, the patriarch noted the pope's Christian virtue such as humbleness, adding that the pope always calls on fellow men and women to live by the Commandments, as well as for deeds motivated by love and mercy.
"As the heads of the world's two largest Christian Churches, we bear special responsibility for the fate of humankind," Patriarch Kirill wrote to Pope Francis.
According to the patriarch, this responsibility is of a global dimension, which was confirmed by the two leaders' meeting in Havana in February 2016 and the joint statement adopted at that meeting.
"I am pleased to note that, while preserving loyalty to our common traditions, our churches have at the same time achieved a high level of interaction, thanks to which we can take joint steps to celebrate the name of God across the globe, to consolidate the lifelong moral ideals in society, to develop inter-faith dialogue, and to come up with worthy responses to modern-day challenges," he said.
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