Letter from Patriarch Kirill to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

March 1, 2013
Your Holiness!

In these exceptional days for you, I would like to express the feelings of brotherly love in Christ and respect.

The decision to leave the position of Bishop of Rome, which you, with humility and simplicity, announced on February 11 this year, has found a ready response in the hearts of millions of Catholics.

We have always been close to your consistent ministry, marked by uncompromisingness in matters of faith and unswerving adherence to the living Tradition of the Church. At a time when the ideology of permissiveness and moral relativism tries to dislodge the moral values of life, you boldly raised your voice in defence of the ideals of the Gospel, the high dignity of man and his vocation to freedom from sin.

I have warm memories of our meeting when you were elected to the Roman See. During your ministry we received a positive impetus in the relations between our Churches, responding to the modern world as a witness to Christ crucified and risen. I sincerely hope what developed during your active participation, a good trusting relationship between the Orthodox and the Catholics, will continue to grow with your successor.

Please accept my sincere wishes for good health, long life and help from above in prayer and in your theological writings.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace” (Romans 15:13).

With love in the Lord,

+ Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
(Source: Here)

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2 Responses to Letter from Patriarch Kirill to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

  1. Frere Rabit says:

    Patriarch Kirill’s respect for Benedict XVI’s “uncompromisingness in matters of faith and unswerving adherence to the living Tradition of the Church” is a remarkable tribute to a Pope who steered the Barque of Peter with such a sure hand.

    On a more frivolous note, I cannot help but notice the remarkable similarity in profile between Russian Orthodox Patriarchs and the early Soyuz manned space rockets. Did Russian aerodynamics experts test their archbishops in a wind tunnel and decide that shape was the best way to get to heaven?


  2. johnkonnor72 says:

    ..well we wouldn’t want anyone to make jokes about the pope would we..where the old papal beehive tiara was in fact a giant radio receptor picking up secret infallible heavenly communique..in fact the papal litter allowed better reception since the pope in fact did not touch the ground unhampered by the earth… and so …i am in trouble now… 😦


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