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Russian Orthodox patriarch pays tribute to Pope Benedict

March 04, 2013

Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow, who leads the largest of the Eastern Orthodox churches, paid tribute to Pope Benedict XVI upon his resignation.

“In these days, which are special to you, I would like to express feelings of brotherly love in Christ and respect,” said Patriarch Kirill.

“Your uncompromising and consistent position on issues relating to faith and your adherence to the living church traditions have always been close to us,” he added. “At a time when the ideology of permissiveness and moral relativism is trying to cause people to lose moral values, you boldly raised your voice in defense of evangelical ideals and high human dignity, calling on people to become free from sin.”


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