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8346Putin congratulates Primate of Rssn Church abroad on his birthday

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Jan 1, 2008
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      Putin congratulates Primate of Rssn Church abroad on his birthday

      01.01.2008, 18.17

      MOSCOW, January 1 (Itar-Tass) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin
      sent a message of congratulations to His Beatitude Laurus, the
      Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, the head of the Russian
      Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), on the occasion of the
      cleric's 80th birthday, the Kremlin press service told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

      The congratulatory telegram says in particular: "I am sincerely glad
      to congratulate you as a person who has devoted his life to the noble
      activity of spiritual and moral education of people, to preserving
      the Orthodox faith and cultural traditions of the Motherland among
      the Russian emigree quarters."

      "Your outstanding part in the reconciliation of the Russian Orthodox
      Church and in signing with Patriarch of Moscow and All-Russia Alexy
      II the Act of Canonical Communion /between Moscow Patriarchate and
      ROCOR/ deserves special gratitude and appreciation," Putin said.

      "The importance of the historic event furnishes us with one more
      opportunity to impart a powerful impulse to integration of the
      Russian world in the international community, to unite our
      compatriots scattered for dozens of years around the world."