Russian Orthodox Church Elects 16th Patriarch

MOSCOW, RUSSIA (MW Communications) – On Tuesday, January 27, 2009 during the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, His Eminence, Patriarchal Locum Tenens and Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad KYRILL was elected the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

The Enthronement of His Holiness, Patriarch KYRILL of Moscow and All Russia will take place on Sunday, February 1, 2009 at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. Representing the Orthodox Church in America at the Enthronement will be His Grace, Bishop TIKHON of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania; His Grace, Bishop BENJAMIN of San Francisco and the West; Archimandrite Zacchaeus, Representative of the Orthodox Church in America to the Moscow Patriarchate; and Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, Director of External Affairs and Interchurch Relations.

“We rejoice with the Russian people for electing such a worthy candidate to lead the Russian Orthodox Church. Patriarch elect Kirll is known for his prolific writing, preaching and tireless ability to translate the teaching of the Church for modern man,” said Archmandrite Zacchaeus.

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