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Religious Leaders and Dignitaries congratulate His All-Holiness on 25th anniversary of enthronement
Below are a compilation of congratulatory messages from religious leaders and digniatries from around the world to His All-Holiness Bartholomew on the occasion of his 25th anniversary of enthronement as Ecumenical Patriarch:
His Holiness Pope Francis
His Holiness Bartholomaios
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
HIS HOLINESS BARTHOLOMEW
Your Holiness, Beloved Brother in the Lord and Concelebrant at God's Altar,
Please accept my fraternal and cordial greetings with the memorable date -- the 25th anniversary of your election and elevation to the Throne of Holy Primates of New Rome.
A quarter of a century ago the Lord of peace, Who has a wise dispensation towards His Church, laid on your shoulders a laborious cross of Patriarchal ministry. You were elected to the see, which is covered with the imperishable glory of the great teachers and saints: John Chrysostom, Gregory the Theologian and other holy fathers pleasing unto the Lord. Finding inspiration in "the good fight of faith" (1 Tim 6:12), fought by your blessed predecessors, and bearing in mind all the afflictions and hardships that they suffered, you carry out your Primatial ministry and overcome various temptations, taking a zealous care of the good of the Church and being firm in your trust in God.
During your decades-long Primatial ministry, you have been bearing an active witness to the Orthodox faith in the non-Christian milieu, making considerable efforts aimed at promoting peace and accord among the nations, and zealously defending the human life, the environment and the whole creation of God. Such manifold activities of the Holy Church of Constantinople have received recognition both in the Christian world and beyond, thanks to, among other things, the talents that God granted to you in abundance and that you strive to cultivate.
I especially appreciate the fraternal and constructive nature of our personal relationships, unchanging for many decades, and our closest cooperation for the benefit of our Churches and the whole Holy Orthodoxy.
On this day, memorable for the plenitude of the Church of Constantinople, I prayerfully wish to Your Holiness the bountiful help from the Lord in your Patriarchal ministry, peace and unceasing joy in the Holy Spirit.
Many and good years!
With brotherly love in Jesus Christ,
His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania
Bucharest, 22 October 2016
His Holiness Patriarch Ilia of Tiblisi and All Georgia
To His All-Holiness, Bartholomew I,
President Barack Obama
I am pleased to join in paying tribute to His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, as he marks the 25th anniversary of his election as Ecumenical Patriarch.
For the last quarter century, the world has been blessed to have the spiritual leadership of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who has taken unprecedented steps to deepen cooperation within the Orthodox sects and to establish inter-religious dialogues with other Christian churches as well as with Muslim and Jewish communities. His All Holiness has worked tirelessly to move the Orthodox Church forward and repair bonds that have frayed over the centuries, including by being the first spiritual head of the Eastern Orthodox Christians to attend a papal inauguration since the Great Schism, and convening the first Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Christian Church in over 1,200 years. I have had the great honor of seeing Patriarch Bartholomew's spiritual leadership for myself, and am inspired by his work on human rights, religious tolerance, and environmental protection. I send my best wishes to His All Holiness on this momentous milestone.
Archon Reince Priebus, Chairman of the RNC
October 28, 2016
I am writing this letter to wish you a most sincere congratulations on your twenty-fifth anniversary as Ecumenical Patriarch. Your steadfast conviction to the Orthodox Church has set an example for Orthodox Christians around the world. As the Bible says, "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord" (Jeremiah 17:7). Recently, the members of all different religious groups have been plagued by violence, contempt, and divison.
Your inter-religious dialogue, promotion of religious freedom and human rights for the last twenty-five years has provided members of the Christian faith with a steadfast vision of hope. The dedication you have shown in fighting against religious persecution, pushing for the reopening of the Halki Seminary, and the reconciliation among Christian Churches has promoted the Orthodox faith and has set an example that all humans, from world leaders to ordinary members of society, should strive to emulate.
As an Archon of the Order of St. Andrew, I want to express my utmost gratitude for your service and dedication to the Orthodox Church. Your leadership is inspired myself and many others to defend and promote the Orthodox Christian faith and tradition. Again, I wish you congratulations and pray for many more years of success. Axios!