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,

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
September 15, 2006