2006-09-17 23:08:00

Congratulatory message from Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone on the occasion of his appointment as Vatican Secretary of State

Your Eminence,

I would like to congratulate you cordially on your assumption of the office of Vatican Secretary of State.

I prayerfully wish you God's help in your work in this important office.

Together with congratulations, I would like to express hope for further development of relations between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches and for a speedy settlement of problems dividing us.

It is my conviction that our Churches' common stand on many challenges of today is a solid foundation for our common witness to Christian values before the world which needs it so much today.

With love in the Lord,


+ ALEXY
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
September 15, 2006