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Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, congratulated His Eminence Archbishop Leo of Karelia and All Finland on his Name Day. The text of the message is given below.

Your Eminence, dear Vladyka,

Please, accept my cordial greetings on the occasion of the commemoration day of your heavenly patron, St Leo the Pope of Rome.

By his prayers, St Leo the Pope of Rome helps Your Eminence in your archpastoral work. And you, following his example, take pastoral care of spiritual needs of bishops, clergy, monastics, and all the faithful of the Finnish Autonomous Orthodox Church.

Today I am joining the Orthodox faithful of Finland in their prayers to God so that He may grant you health and His almighty help.

With brotherly love in the Lord,


Metropolitan of Volokolamsk


Department for External Church Relations

Moscow Patriarchate