To His All – Holiness, Bartholomew I,
Archbishop of Constantinople – New Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch
Your All – Holiness,
We wholeheartedly congratulate you on the 25thanniversary of your enthronement.
In our era of controversies, it is an arduous labour to bear the Cross of the foremost hierarch; the Patriarchate of Constantinople has always been the arena of universal interests and spiritual battles; therefore the Lord has bestowed upon you a heavy and honourable mission.
The Church of Georgia has many times had your support, love and respect. We trust your wisdom and thoughtfulness and hope that, despite the existing problems, you will be the person to advocate peace and unity among the Orthodox Churches.
We wish you many years of life and the Lord’s support in your high ministry for the benefit of the entire Orthodox world.
Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia
November 1, 2016