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Alexy II thanks U.S. ambassador for supporting American Orthodox Church

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=4359 04 March 2008, 15:03 Alexy II thanks U.S. ambassador for supporting American Orthodox Church in Moscow
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      04 March 2008, 15:03
      Alexy II thanks U.S. ambassador for supporting American Orthodox
      Church in Moscow

      Moscow, March 4, Interfax - Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy
      II has thanked U.S. Ambassador William J. Burns for assistance to the
      St. Catherine's Parish, where the Orthodox Church in America has its
      Moscow representation.

      The meeting between Alexy II and Burns was held at the Patriarch's
      residence in Chisty Pereulok on Tuesday. The ambassador is completing
      his stay in Russia as the U.S. official representative and is leaving
      for Washington.

      The Patriarch congratulated Burns on his new appointment and
      expressed his hope that the experience gained by the diplomat in
      Russia will help him in new job, the Moscow Patriarchate press service reports.

      The ambassador has always visited the church during the memorial
      service for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks and at
      the celebration of life of the Great Martyr St. Catherine, Alexy II said.

      Burns thanked the Patriarch for the kind attitude, adding that
      cooperation with the Russian Orthodox Church has always been an
      important part of his job as U.S. Ambassador to Russia.
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