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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Tonight, we are privileged to have in our presence the living icon of the Great Church of Alexandria, His Beatitude Theodoros II, the 116th Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria. We are here to honor Him with the Athenagoras Human Rights Award – for His unwavering support of the Mother Church of Constantinople, and for His visionary mission across the Continent of Africa. We praise His Beatitude’s courageous stand for the Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine – a stand that is manifestly righteous and right!