2005-08-25 12:14:00

Congratulation of Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia to Theophilus III with his election to the Jerusalem Patriarchal Throne

Your Beatitude,

Beloved brother and concelebrant in the Lord,
On behalf of the plenitude of the Russian Orthodox Church I cordially congratulate Your Beatitude with your election as Primate of the Mother of all Churches - the Holy Orthodox Church of Jerusalem.

We see in your election to the Patriarchal See of the Holy City by unanimous vote a sign of God's mercy toward the Church of Zion and hope that it will end the period of distressful uncertainty and disorder which caused deep concern throughout the Orthodox world.

I wish Your Beatitude spiritual and physical strength to steer well the church ship so that your saved-by-God flock may be pacified and united.

With fraternal love in the Lord,

Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia