It is with great joy that we heard the joyous announcement of your most worthy election to the Patriarchal Throne of the
Your spiritual person, your broad and well known theological knowledge, your many years of experience regarding ecclesiastical issues, especially your love for our Holy Church and the faithful people of God, provide the guarantee for your bright Patriarchal tenure.
We all wholeheartedly, therefore, pray that the Arch Shepherd Jesus Christ will strengthen your All Holiness, in constant health and much strength, and for many years, rightly keeping the word of His Truth, for the commendation and praise of the
In congratulating you again for your most worthy election, we embrace Your All Holiness and remain Your beloved brother in Christ.
Pope and Patriarch of
28th January 2008