EP Praises Moscow, Putin & Medvedev,”God is with you”

Patriarch Bartholomew thanked Russian authorities for publicly displaying their faith

Moscow. May 27. Interfax – Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew praised the cooperation of Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with the Russian Orthodox Church.

“I express my gratitude on behalf of the Church of Constantinople, as well as from myself personally to the two great Christian leaders. They did not hesitate to publicly declare their faith and piety,” – said Patriarch Bartholomew, during a visit to representation of the Patriarchate of Antioch in Moscow.

He noted that his visit to the Russian Orthodox Church “is developing with great success and proceeding with the blessing of God”, reports the website of the Department for External Church Relations.

“This is evidenced by the fact that we have entered a new stage in relations between the Churches  of Russia and the Church of Constantinople,” – said the Patriarch of Constantinople, stressing that he believes this is largely merit “of such an energetic person,” as Patriarch Cyril and the head DECR,  Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

“God is with you! With Russia, with its people, its church!” – added Patriarch Bartholomew.