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Kyrill (Gundyayev) of Moscow

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Episcopal career
In 1971 he was appointed representative of the Moscow Patriarchate at the [[World Council of Churches]] and has been actively involved in the ecumenical activity of the Russian Orthodox Church since then. In 1978, Kirill was appointed Deputy Chairman, and in November 1989, Chairman of the External Church Relations Department of the Moscow Patriarchate and permanent member of the Holy Synod. He is known as active and efficient diplomat.
On 6th December, 2008, the day after the death of [[List of Metropolitans and Patriarchs Alexei II (Ridiger) of Moscow|Patriarch]] [[Patriarch Alexius II of Russia|Alexy Alexei II]] ([[1990]]-2008), the Holy Synod elected him ''Locum tenens'' of the Patriarchal throne.
On 9th December, 2008, during the funeral service for Patriarch Alexy Alexei II in the [[Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (Moscow)|Christ the Saviour Cathedral]], which was broadcast live by Russia's state TV channels, he was seen and reported to have fainted at one point.<ref>{{cite web|url= |location=[[Moscow]]|title=Russians bid farewell to Patriarch at grand funeral|publisher=[[Reuters]]|date=December 9, 2008|accessdate=2008-12-09}}</ref><ref>{{ru icon}}{{cite web|url=|location=[[Moscow]]|title=Упокоился с миром|publisher=[[]]|date=December 9, 2008|accessdate=2008-12-09}}</ref>
On December 29, 2008, when talking to journalists, he said he was "categorically opposed to any reforms" of a liturgical or doctrinal nature in the Church.<ref>[ Russia's prospective church leader says opposed to reforms] [[RIA Novosti]] December 29, 2008.</ref>
Since 1994 Kirill has hosted a weekly Orthodox TV program on [[w:Channel One (Russia)|ORT/Channel One]].
The conservative wing in the ROC criticized Kirill of practising [[ecumenism]] throughout the 1990s. However, in a recent statement Metropolitan Kyrill stated that there could be no doctrinal compromise with the Roman Catholic Church, and that discussions with them did not have the goal of seeking unification.<ref>[ Russian Church against compromise on belief-preaching with Catholics - Metropolitan Kirill] [[Interfax]], January 21, [[2009]].</ref>

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