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Alexy II appreciates Laurus’ contribution in church reunion

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=12229647&PageNum=0 Alexy II appreciates Laurus contribution in church reunion 01.01.2008, 18.32 MOSCOW,
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      Alexy II appreciates Laurus' contribution in church reunion

      01.01.2008, 18.32

      MOSCOW, January 1 (Itar-Tass) -- Patriarch of Moscow and All-Russia
      Alexy II congratulated Metropolitan Laurus of Eastern America and New
      York, the first Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of
      Russia (ROCOR), on his 80th birthday on Tuesday.

      The patriarch's congratulatory message says: "Today's memorable date
      is one more occasion to point out your life, your pastoral
      achievements and your evident and substantial contribution to the
      reconciliation of the Russian Orthodox Church."

      Patriarch Alexy II underlined that the mutual joy over the reassumed
      unity motivates the church to pray about sending physical "strength
      and Almighty God's help in the blessed dispensation of the flock" to
      His Beatitude Laurus.

      The supreme hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church expressed the
      hope that he will meet Metropolitan Laurus in Moscow in February 2008.

      The ROCOR hierarch is expected to arrive in Moscow for receiving the
      highest award of the Council of Russian compatriots, which will be
      handed to him by Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.
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