“You have devoted years to selfless service to the Russian Orthodox Church, to the consistent and resolute defense of its values and ideals. Your tireless efforts to preserve the unique historical, cultural and spiritual heritage of Russia, to support the institution of family and in the upbringing of the young generation have earned you the most sincere respect. And, of course, I should stress the incredible contribution you are making to fostering the interfaith and inter-ethnic dialogue, in strengthening peace and public concord in our country,” the message read as cited by the press service. On Saturday, the Kremlin said that Putin had signed the Executive Order on awarding Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia the Order For Services to the Fatherland, I degree, which is awarded for the outstanding contributions to the state.
Putin Congratulates Patriarch Kirill on His 70th Birthday
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