Wednesday, January 28, 2009

NEWSFLASH ** Russia’s new patriarch seen as moderniser **NEWSFLASH

The Russian Orthodox Church has a new leader.

Metropolitan Kirill has won a vote by some 700 clergy, monks and lay people.

The new Patriarch was chosen from a shortlist agreed on over the weekend. Kirill replaces Alexiy II who died last month.

The 62-year-old is seen as the most reformist of the candidates, likely to make attempts to heal tension with the Roman Catholic Church.

His closest rival was Metropolitan Kliment, seen by many as the favoured candidate of the conservative camp.

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(Source: EN)