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T R U E L I F E I N G O D 30 Russian Letter in English from Metropolitan Hilarion On behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia Ms Yolla BECHARA Dear Ms Bechara, On behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, I thank you for the letter addressed to His Holiness, in which you inform him of the inten- tion of the ecumenical group from Lebanon to make a pilgrimage to Russia on 2-10 September 2017, and of their wish to receive His Holiness’s blessing for this trip. His Holiness welcomes the visit, considering it important for the Russian Orthodox Church that has unfailing brotherly feelings towards Christians of the Middle East and devotes special attention to them in their current difficult situation. Un- fortunately, His Holiness’s work schedule does not allow him to give his blessing to the pilgrims in person. I would suggest that the members of the ecumenical group might visit the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations on one of the days of their pilgrimage. To arrange the meeting, you can contact a staff member of the Department for External Church Relations, Mr. Sergei Alferov (tel.: +7 916 162 72 56 ). I wish you good health and God’s help in your work. Yours faithfully, Translated from the Russian No 04/1593 21 August 2017