His Beatitude Anastasios, Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania
Your Beatitude, Beloved in the Lord Brother and Concelebrant,
It was with deep concern that I learned about the barbarous destruction of the Church of St Athanasius in the village of Dhërmi and the brutal attack on Rev. Christos Pappas, a cleric of the Church of St Charalambos in Sarandë.
These evil deeds committed by extremists pursue the evident goal of undermining interreligious peace in Albania. Experiencing similar sorrowful feelings because of the outrageous acts committed in Ukraine by radical nationalist groups and schismatics, I express my fraternal sympathy with the Albanian Orthodox Church and full support to your work, aimed at preaching the Gospel and strengthening peace in the Albanian society.
I wish Your Beatitude good health and God’s blessed help.
With brotherly love in Christ,
PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA