Russian Orthodox Church
It is with profound sorrow that we heard the passing away of His Holiness Alexy II, the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. We, as former Moderator of the World Council of Churches and as spiritual leader, have known His Holiness, his perspectives and vision. In fact, His Holiness was a great spiritual leader who led with courage and commitment the Russian Orthodox Church for eighteen years. He was called to his pontifical ministry at a most crucial period of the history of Russia. At a time of great change and challenge His Holiness was able to engage his church in a process of spiritual renewal by responding to the emerging realities and expectations of the people. He gave a renewed dynamism to church-society relationship, enhanced the evangelistic, educational and diakonal witness of the church, strengthening at the same time its ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue and collaboration.
On this sad occasion, on behalf of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia, its hierarchy and people, and personally we would like to extend our deep condolences to Your Eminence, to the Holy Synod, to the clergy and the faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church. May God accept the soul of His Holiness Alexy II in His heavenly kingdom.
Your in Christ
CATHOLICOS OF CILICIA