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His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent the following greeting to His Holiness Patriarch Neofit of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church with the 7th anniversary of his enthronement:

Your Holiness,

Beloved brother and concelebrant at God’s Throne:

I wholeheartedly congratulate you on the anniversary of your ascension to the ancient and glorious in centuries Bulgarian Patriarchal throne.

While trying to ‘study to shew oneself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth’ (2 Tim 2:15) you diligently fulfil the noble and responsible primatial ministry called to which you have been by your brothers archpastors, clerics and faithful children of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church made wise by the Holy Spirit the Comforter.

On this solemn day I prayerfully wish Your Holiness gracious strengthening of your physical and spiritual powers, peace and God’s guidance in your labours aimed at ‘the edifying of the body of Christ’ (Eph 4:12).

With brotherly love in the Lord,


Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia