It was with grief that I received news of the earthquake in the southeast of Turkey that caused human victims and destruction.
On these tragic days the Russian Orthodox Church shares the sorrow that has befallen the people of Turkey. We mourn for the victims with you. Our hearts are with their near and dear and with all those who suffered because of the natural cataclysm.
I am confident that the Turkish authorities are doing anything possible to overcome the consequences of the natural calamity.
I wish your strong spirit, courage, and patience.
With profound condolences,
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia