Moscow, October 7, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent birthday greetings to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who turned 59 on Friday.
“God has bestowed on you the gift of doing numerous responsible jobs, including as Russia’s president and prime minister. I testify that largely thanks to your efforts was a tendency overcome that could have pushed our country toward a breakup,” the Patriarch said in message of greetings to Putin, posted on the website of the Moscow Patriarchate on Friday.
With “integrity and intense love for the Motherland,” characteristic of him, Putin has been effectively exercising his “uneasy service as the head of the government,” the Patriarch said.
“As the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, I rejoice at the thought that in the current new relations between church and state and with your direct participation, proper conditions have been created for further fruitful cooperation between Church, on the one hand, and the Russian government and many ministries and agencies, on the other,” the Patriarch said.
“Together we demonstrate the care for the moral health of the nation, for strengthening peace and public accord, and for enhancing Russia’s international authority,” he said.
Patriarch Kirill wished Putin “good health, God’s patronage and successes in the work for the benefit of the Fatherland.”