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Patriarchal Letter to the New President of the European Commission His Excellency Jean-Claude Juncker

Your Excellency,

It is with much gladness that we have learned of your election as President of the European Commission, and we wholeheartedly congratulate you on this celebratory occasion. We anticipate that through your forthcoming term you will restore confidence in the citizens of the European Union and will better prepare their countries for the challenges that they are faced with on a global scale. What is needed now perhaps more than ever is a more united Europe, and we feel strongly that achieving this is more probable through your efforts to nurture its centuries-old Christian roots, which the Ecumenical Patriarchate has also significantly labored for, especially over the last twenty years in our dialogue with the Group of the European People's Party.

As the First See of Orthodoxy, we can assure you of our own commitments to dialogue and collaboration, and will readily be willing to work together in order to ensure that peace and tolerance will prevail. We wish you much success with your new function, as it will be the crown of your remarkable political service and rich experiences, through which you have always demonstrated great dynamism. In conveying to you our prayers and best wishes, we beseech our Almighty God to guide and protect you always.

At the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the eighteenth of July, 2014

Prayerfully yours,

Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome
and Ecumenical Patriarch