Le Patriache Kirill delivers an adress to the Orthodox faithful in Serguei PossadPatriarch Kirill Celebrates a Mass. Prior to becoming Patriarch, Kirill was Archbishop (later Metropolitan) of Smolensk and Kaliningrad beginning on 26 December 1984; and also Chairman of the Orthodox Church's Department for External Church Relations and a permanent member of the Holy Synod beginning in November 1989.When Kirill was elected Patriarch on 27 January 2009, at the ROC Local Council, and enthroned during liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow on 1 February 2009 the service was attended, among others, by President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. On 8 February 2012 at a meeting of religious leaders in Moscow, Kirill described the Putin era as "a miracle of God" and criticised his opponents. He said that those who were demonstrat
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