Congratulatory Telegram of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Newly-Elected Patriarch of Moscow (27.1.09)4. February 2009 - 9:07
Upon learning of His Beatitude Kyril's election as Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sent the following congratulatory Message:
Your Beatitude Kyril, Holy Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia,
On the occasion of your well-deserved election today as the new Head of the most holy sister and chosen daughter Church of Russia, we convey to you our heartfelt brotherly salutation, both of the Church of Constantinople, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and of our Modesty personally. We also congratulate the notably faithful members of your holy Church, the distinctly pious clergy, and the Hierarchy of your Holy Church illumined by the Holy Spirit, for electing in a zealous unanimity a Patriarch with the honor and high standing of your venerable Beatitude.
Highlighting the splendours of the Byzantine Empire, Byzantium 330-1453 comprises around 300 objects including icons, detached wall paintings, micro-mosaics, ivories, enamels plus gold and silver metalwork. Some of the works have never been displayed in public before. Highlighting the splendours of the Byzantine Empire, Byzantium 330-1453 comprises around 300 objects including icons, detached wall paintings, micro-mosaics, ivories, enamels plus gold and silver metalwork. Some of the works have never been displayed in public before.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said he hoped relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church would further develop. The Russian Patriarch met with an official delegation of the Holy See, which attended his enthronement, at his working residence in Moscow on Monday.
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has congratulated Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill I on his enthronement and invited him to the United Kingdom. "When opportunity allows, it would be a privilege to welcome you here in Britain - as my predecessor welcomed yours - as a valued guest and friend in Christ," a message by Archbishop Williams obtained by the Interfax-Religion on Monday reads.
Metropolitan Kirill, elected Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia baptized many members of the Communist Party in Soviet era, Vadim Melnikov, who was his friend for more than twenty years, says. "He himself told me that he baptized almost all secretaries of regional committees in Leningrad," Melnikov said in the interview published by the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily.