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Message of His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the new
General Secretary of the World Council of Churches.


The Rev. Dr. Olave Fykse Tveit
General Secretary of the World Council of Churches

Facsimile: +41 22 791 0361

Dear Rev. Dr. Tveit,

We take this opportunity to wholeheartedly congratulate you upon learning of your election as the 7th General Secretary of the World Council of Churches. 

As you respond to this calling from God, please be assured of our incessant prayers to our Lord God for your strength, wisdom and success as you now lead the journey towards unity of the World Council of Churches.

We look forward to our visit to the WCC in October for the Meeting of the Members of the “Faith and Order” Committee, and to congratulating you in person then.
With heartfelt affection, we offer you our Patriarchal blessings and invoke upon you the abundant love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

+BARTHOLOMEW of Constantinople

Phanar, 1.9.2009