Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin congratulated Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on his birthday. The telegram is published on the government's website.
"Today, when our country is facing serious challenges, the unifying role of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) is important, it is a support for millions of people. Every time you address the faithful with the primate's word, you call for mercy, mutual respect, doing good deeds, helping others. Talk about the importance of preserving the Orthodox faith, spiritual and moral values," the message says.
The Prime Minister also noted the educational activities of the patriarch, his active work on the restoration of religious shrines, temples and monasteries. "Thanks to you, the interaction between the church and the state is successfully developing, significant tasks are being solved in various spheres. Your support of interreligious, interfaith dialogue deserves sincere gratitude. And, of course, the great help and support that the ROC provides to the participants of the special military operation," he added.
Mishustin wished the Patriarch success in his high ministry for the benefit of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church, good health and well-being.