Patriarch Kirill of Moscow

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Kirill
Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus'
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ChurchRussian Orthodox Church
SeeMoscow
Installed1 February 2009
Term endedIncumbent
PredecessorAlexy II
Orders
Ordination7 April 1969
Consecration14 March 1976
by Nikodim (Rotov)
Personal details
Birth nameVladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev
Born (1946-11-20) 20 November 1946 (age 73)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russia)
SignatureKirill's signature
Coat of armsKirill's coat of arms

Kirill or Cyril (Russian: Кирилл, secular name Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev, Russian: Владимир Михайлович Гундяев; born 20 November 1946) is a Russian Orthodox bishop. He became Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus' and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church on 1 February 2009.

Before becoming Patriarch, Kirill was Archbishop (later Metropolitan) of Smolensk and Kaliningrad from 26 December 1984. He was also Chairman of the Russian Orthodox Church's Department for External Church Relations and a permanent member of the Holy Synod beginning in 1989.

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