Dear Mr. President:
With deep sorrow I have learnt about the natural disaster that has happened in the State of Oklahoma. The devastating tornado has taken away many human lives and has left roofless a great number of families. On behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church, I would like to extend condolences to you and all the American people.
I am lifting up ardent prayers for the early healing of the injured and for consolation to be granted to those who have lost their relatives and loved ones. May the All-Merciful Lord help those who are working now to overcome the consequences of the heavy devastation.
With respect and sincere condolences,
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
May 23, 2013