Patriarch Kirill I Of Moscow Is Enthroned As The Patriarch Of The Russian Orthodox Church

Patriarch Kirill I, or Cyril I (Russian: Кирилл, Патриарх Московский и всея Руси), (secular name Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev (Russian: Владимир Михайлович Гундяев); born November 20, 1946) is a Russian Orthodox bishop who has been Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church since February 1, 2009.

Prior to becoming Patriarch, Kirill was Archbishop (later Metropolitan) of Smolensk and Kaliningrad beginning on December 26, 1984; he was also Chairman of the Orthodox Church's Department for External Church Relations and a permanent member of the Holy Synod beginning in November 1989.

On January 27, 2009, the ROC Local Council (the 2009 Pomestny Sobor comprised 72 women, both nuns and lay members; the majority of its delegates were not Russia's citizens) elected Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus; he was enthroned on February 1, 2009.