Very few people understand that this man is the most precious among us all. Statesmen work until the end of their terms, but he will serve his people until the end of his life. His quiet, yet steadfast labor for the sake of his fatherland could never be replaced by Comecon, by the Warsaw Pact, NATO, or the European Union taken all together. Eighty-five years of his life were spent under the church domes, and the altar is his true home. There, His Holiness prays no less than three times a day for the well-being of his people.