» 01/28/2009, 00.00
Metropolitan Kirill is the new Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
The election was held on Tuesday in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral during a meeting of the Local Council. Some 711 delegates were eligible to vote. In the last few weeks an election-style campaign was organised in favour of Kirill.
Vote for new Moscow Patriarch set for tomorrow; three candidates running, Kirill favoured
Kliment of Kaluga and Filaret of Minsk are also in the race. Tomorrow’s election will include representatives of men and women religious as well as lay people from around the world.
From Moscow a patriarch for the third millennium
The death of Aleksij II provides a great opportunity for the spiritual renaissance of Russia’s Orthodox communities, opening the door to ecumenism and a common mission among Christians. But the weight of the political system and the traditional alignment between state and Church could lead to some surprises.
Synod to elect new Moscow patriarch set for late January
Synod will take place on 28 and 29 January. On 1 February the new head of the Russian Orthodox Church will be announced. Kirill and Kliment are among the candidates. The latter is seen favourably by Russia’s political elites.
Positive relations with Catholics, but proselytism remains a problem, says Aleksij II
In his address to the Synod of the Orthodox Church the patriarch of Moscow stresses progress on issues of common interest like the role of religion, family and ethics, but he continues to complain about Catholic missionary activity and the “oppression” they are said to suffer at the hands of Uniates in Ukraine.
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