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