Letter from governor Bruce Babbitt

March 7, 1980

Mr. Omelan Komarnyckyj

President Association for the Patriarchal System in the Ukrainian Catholic Church 18 West Medlock Phoenix, Arizona 85013

Dear Mr. Komarnyckyj:

It is a great pleasure to extend warm greetings to all those who have gathered to celebrate the eighty-eighth birthday of His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Slipyj.

Seldom is there an individual who so completely embodies the inner strength and conviction which necessarily results in his ovbious acclaim as a leader of a people; as a leader of an entire culture. One such man is Archbishop-Major Joseph Cardinal Slipyj.

Cardinal Slipyj stands as a symbol tothesignificance of religious freedom and national self expression.

It is with deep respect that I join the Association for the Patriarchal System in the Ukrainian Catholic Church in honoring Cardinal Slipyj’s birthday. May Cardinal Slipyj provide leadership and inspiration to the world for years to come.

Sincerely Bruce Babbitt Governor

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