Alexy II appreciates Laurus contribution in church reunion
Alexy II appreciates Laurus' contribution in church reunion
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.