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New Patriarch Kirill chosen For Russian Orthodox Church
« on: January 28, 2009, 02:18:05 AM »
[b]Kirill Named Orthodox Patriarch[/b]
The new head of the Russian Orthodox Church is Kirill,  the Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad.

Kirill, the interim leader since Patriach Alexy II's death on Dec. 5, won 508 votes cast by the 702-member Local Council, Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburg and Ladoga announced in the main hall of Christ the Savior Cathedral at 10 p.m. The secret ballot was held in the cathedral, where the new patriarch will be crowned next Sunday, February 1, 2009.

Kirill, 62, is an experienced diplomat who has been the church's point man in often-difficult negotiations with other churches, prompting speculation that he might take steps to improve ties with the Roman Catholic Church, which have been fraught with rivalry for years.

Kirill seemed to dampen such hopes in an address just before Tuesday's vote, complaining about Catholic and other missionaries working in Russia.

"We have noted with bitterness that members of the Catholic clergy and monastic orders are among the newly formed enlighteners of Rus," he said, Interfax reported.

Kirill also criticized "the assault of aggressive Western secularism against Christianity" and "attempts by some Protestant groups to revise the teachings of Christianity and evangelical morality."

Kirill, metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, is the first patriarch to be elected in post-Soviet Russia and is expected to wield not just spiritual but also considerable political clout.
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