Formally Accepting Title
"Defender Of The Faith"
Venerable and Holy Fathers,
In listening to the profound spiritual message conveyed by your closing
addresses, and appreciating the happy outcome of your sustained efforts,
Our heart has been touched by profound gladness. It should therefore
be clear to the whole world from the result of your work that Your Holiness
has been guided and inspired by the Holy Spirit to accomplish your
task in love and unity.
The great common tasks accomplished by this Conference in unison
bestow on the true faith and true order of the Oriental Orthodox Church
the admiration of the whole world.
As Solomon says, physical distance cannot be a barrier to love. Likewise,
the distances among your respective countries have been abolished by
the proximity of your hearts. You have thus been able to speak a single
tongue and think with a single mind. We thank Almighty God for enabling
us to witness the realization of Our dream in the successful outcome of
this historic Conference.
We are therefore happy to express to you Our readiness, fortified by the
results of this Conference, to invite you and the Eastern Orthodox Churches,
and also other churches at a later date. We ardently hope that we shall
meet once again in the not too distant future.
As we stated at the inauguration of this Conference, to meet together,
to take council with one another, and to act in mutual co-operation,
has proved a most fruitful method both in the secular and spiritual fields.
Henceforth the way is open for you to follow this fruitful path, and to this
end Our help and assistance will always be forthcoming, since We support
your efforts, and ideas out of an unshakable conviction that it is our
spiritual duty to do so.
We are gratified in particular to note that the work of this Conference has
been concerned purely with religious spiritual matters free from extraneous
political considerations. This is only fine and proper, for the church, as a
symbol of peace, must follow the path of peace in all parts of the world.
In this connection we are glad to note that your evangelistic mission in the
world has received due emphasis, in your deliberations, together with the
recognition of the Christian duty to pray for the rights of man and the peace
of the world. For world peace can only be made abiding by the Grace of God,
through the prayers of the Holy Fathers. The truth of this cardinal fact is
evident to all mankind.
We ardently hope that Almighty God shall bless the implementation of your
important resolutions and decisions, just as He has made possible the
successful convening and conclusion of this historic Conference.
Holy Fathers, we have welcomed the title you have given us, Defender of
the Faith, with great honour. May Almighty God grace your name. May God
welcome you. We have received this title given us by you Holy Fathers, with
religious reverence. May your prayers help Us in Our effort to fulfil the task
entrusted to us.
Jan. 21, 1965
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