2009-12-25 11:38:00

The message of Archbishop Hilarion to Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone on his 75th birthday

Your Eminence,

I wholeheartedly congratulate you on your 75th birthday.

Your service to God in the Salesian family and the entire Roman Catholic Church as a professor and rector of the Pontifical Salesian University, as archbishop of Vercelli and Genoa, and your work in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and in the State Secretariat of the Holy See have made you an example of the commitment to God and faithful adherence to our Lord Jesus Christ. May the Lord fill you with the gifts of His grace!

Taking advantage of the opportunity, I would like to thank you once again for welcome extended to me and the Russian Orthodox Church delegation in Rome last September, and wish you Godís help in your labours.

With love in the Lord,

+ Hilarion
Archbishop of Volokolamsk
Department for External Church Relations
Moscow Patriarchate

December 23, 2009