8346Putin congratulates Primate of Rssn Church abroad on his birthday
- Jan 1, 2008http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=12229648&PageNum=0
Putin congratulates Primate of Rssn Church abroad on his birthday
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."