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Aleksy II, Russian Orthodox Patriarch, Dies at 79 - UPDATES

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« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2008, 05:07:23 pm »









                                                      Russia Bids Farewell To Patriarch 






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Funeral of Patriarch Alexiy II


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Dec. 9, 2008

Russia has bid farewell to the head of Russian Orthodox Church, Alexiy II, at a grand funeral ceremony in Moscow.

Senior Orthodox leaders from around the world and top Russian government officials attended the service at the giant Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

A hearse then carried Alexiy II's coffin towards the city's Epiphany Cathedral for burial.

Alexiy II, who had presided over a revival of the Church's influence in Russia, died last week aged 79.

He had led the Church since 1990 - the last days of the Soviet Union
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« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2008, 05:14:37 pm »



Huge respect

The patriarch's body was on display in an open coffin surrounded by flowers and flickering candles at the Cathdral of Christ the Saviour, near the Kremlin.


 




Senior clergy from across the Orthodox Christian world - along with representatives of Roman Catholic, Anglican, and other churches - attended the ceremony which lasted more than five hours.

The ceremony was led by a high-profile bishop, Kirill, who has been elected the Church's temporary leader, and paid fulsome tribute to Alexiy.

"He inherited a church that was weakened by decades of repression.... Now he is leaving behind a church that is strong," he said.

Russia's political leaders were prominent among the mourners. Both President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin approached the coffin to pay their final respects.


The deep, sonorous chants of the traditional Divine Liturgy rang out through the cathedral before the standing congregration of black-clad mourners and black-hooded Orthodox nuns.

 
Some 80,000 mourners visited the coffin inside the cathedral 

Russian media broadcast the funeral ceremony live and cancelled entertainment programmes at the request of President Medvedev.

Traffic jams were reported across the city centre, where some streets were closed off in connection with the funeral, and the city authorities called on workers to take the metro to work instead.

Moscow police say 80,000 people filed past Alexiy II's open coffin between Saturday evening and Tuesday morning.

The numbers speak of the huge respect and authority which he commanded, the BBC's James Rodgers reports from Moscow.

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a striking symbol of the Russian Church's resurgence under Alexiy II's leadership, our correspondent notes.

It was blown up by the atheist Soviet authorities in the 1930s, then rebuilt in the 1990s after the collapse of Communism.
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« Reply #21 on: December 09, 2008, 05:26:12 pm »




                       

                       President Dmitry Medvedev was there to pay his respects
                       at the coffin of the patriarch.
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                          Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila held candles
                          during the funeral ceremony.
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« Reply #23 on: December 09, 2008, 05:33:15 pm »




                         

                         The head of Georgia's Orthodox Church, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II,
                         came to see off his Russian counterpart.
                 
                         He said he hoped the two countries could be friends again after
                         their recent conflict.
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pays his last respects to Patriarch Alexy II inside Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow. Russia was burying its first Orthodox patriarch of post-Soviet times, in an epic funeral attended by archbishops and presidents that ushered in a new era for a reinvigorated Church.

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Russia's chief mufti, or Islamic religious leader, Talgan Tadzhuddin, prays near a casket with late Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy's body, foreground, placed for public viewing in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008. Alexy II, who died Friday at age 79, led the church for 18 years, from the last year of the officially atheistic Soviet Union through a massive revival that saw it become the world's largest Orthodox church.

Alexy's body was taken Saturday to the huge Christ the Savior Cathedral for three days of public viewing and a Tuesday funeral.

(AP Photo)
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Russian Orthodox church leading clerics carry a casket with late Patriarch Alexy's body arriving in Moscow Christ the Savior Cathedral late Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008. Alexy II, who died Friday at age 79, led the church for 18-years, from the last year of the officially atheistic Soviet Union through a massive revival that saw it become the world's largest Orthodox church. Alexy's body was taken Saturday to the huge Christ the Savior Cathedral for three days of public viewing and a Tuesday funeral.

(AP Photo/Pool)
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                                Russian Orthodox interim leader elected patriarch






     
MOSCOW
Jan. 27, 2008

The interim leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has been elected as the new patriarch of the world's largest Orthodox Christian church.

A church official says Metropolitan Kirill easily beat out a more conservative rival in a vote Tuesday by electors who included clerics and laymen. He received 508 of the 700 votes cast.

Kirill will be installed Sunday as the successor to Moscow Patriarch Alexy II, who died in December after leading Russia's dominant faith in a powerful post-Soviet revival.

Kirill served for years as the church's external relations chief. He is seen as a modernizer more likely than his rivals to seek a measure of independence from the state and better relations with the Vatican.
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