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January 22, 2010 
(L-R) Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev, Cathalicos Karekin... 
Moscow, Russia 
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, Russia's President Medvedev, Cathalicos Karekin II of All... 
(L-R) Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev, Cathalicos Karekin II of All Armenians and Serbian moviemaker Emir Kusturica pose for a picture after presenting them with the award in memory of the late Patriarch Alexiy II of Moscow and All Russia at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow January 21, 2010. Picture taken January 21, 2010. REUTERS/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT RELIGION) 
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January 22, 2010 
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill (L) presents Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev with the award... 
Moscow, Russia 
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill presents Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev with the award... 
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill (L) presents Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev with the award in memory of the late Patriarch Alexiy II of Moscow and All Russia at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow January 21, 2010. Picture taken January 21, 2010. REUTERS/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT RELIGION) 
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January 22, 2010 
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill (L) presents Serbian movie maker Emir Kusturica with the award... 
Moscow, Russia 
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill presents Serbian movie maker Emir Kusturica with award in Moscow... 
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill (L) presents Serbian movie maker Emir Kusturica with the award in memory of the late Patriarch Alexiy II of Moscow and All Russia at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow January 21, 2010. Picture taken January 21, 2010. REUTERS/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT RELIGION) 
RUSSIA/
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January 22, 2010 
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (L) talks to Serbian movie maker Emir Kusturica as they both receive... 
Moscow, Russia 
Russia's President Medvedev talks to Serbian moviemaker Kusturica in Moscow 
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (L) talks to Serbian movie maker Emir Kusturica as they both receive the award in memory of the late Patriarch Alexiy II of Moscow and All Russia at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow January 21, 2010. Picture taken January 21, 2010. REUTERS/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT RELIGION) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/DECISION
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January 28, 2009 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service after being elected... 
Moscow, Russia 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service after being elected... 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service after being elected as the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, January 27, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church elected moderniser Metropolitan Kirill, 62, as its new leader on Tuesday, succeeding Alexiy II, who died last month. REUTERS/Pool (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/DECISION
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January 28, 2009 
Acting Patriarch Kirill (R), Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, and participants of the Russian... 
Moscow, Russia 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, and participants of the Russian Orthodox... 
Acting Patriarch Kirill (R), Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, and participants of the Russian Orthodox Church Local Council speak in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, January 27, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church elected moderniser Metropolitan Kirill, 62, as its new leader on Tuesday, succeeding Alexiy II, who died last month. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin/Pool (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/DECISION
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January 28, 2009 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, drops his ballot during elections... 
Moscow, Russia 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, drops his ballot during elections... 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, drops his ballot during elections for the new leader of the Russian Orthodox Church as he is photographed in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, January 27, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church elected moderniser Metropolitan Kirill, 62, as its new leader on Tuesday, succeeding Alexiy II, who died last month. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin/Pool (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/DECISION
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January 27, 2009 
Supporters of acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, stand with his portraits... 
Moscow, Russia 
Supporters of acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, stand with his portraits... 
Supporters of acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, stand with his portraits during the Local Council outside Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, January 27, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church elected moderniser Metropolitan Kirill, 62, as its new leader on Tuesday, succeeding Alexiy II, who died last month. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/DECISION
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January 27, 2009 
Acting Patriarch Kirill (C), Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service after being elected... 
Moscow, Russia 
Acting Patriarch Kirill leads a service after being elected as the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church... 
Acting Patriarch Kirill (C), Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service after being elected as the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, January 27, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church elected moderniser Metropolitan Kirill, 62, as its new leader on Tuesday, succeeding Alexiy II, who died last month. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/DECISION
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January 27, 2009 
Acting Patriarch Kirill (C), Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, is helped to be dressed for the... 
Moscow, Russia 
Acting Patriarch Kirill is helped to be dressed for the service after he was elected as the leader of... 
Acting Patriarch Kirill (C), Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, is helped to be dressed for the service after he was elected as the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, January 27, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church elected moderniser Metropolitan Kirill, 62, as its new leader on Tuesday, succeeding Alexiy II, who died last month. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/DECISION
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January 27, 2009 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, sits before the announcement that... 
Moscow, Russia 
Acting Patriarch Kirill sits before the announcement that he is elected as the leader of the Russian... 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, sits before the announcement that he is elected as the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, January 27, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church elected moderniser Metropolitan Kirill, 62, as its new leader on Tuesday, succeeding Alexiy II, who died last month. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/DECISION
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January 27, 2009 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, pours water before the announcement... 
Moscow, Russia 
Acting Patriarch Kirill pours water before the announcement that he is elected as the leader of the Russian... 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, pours water before the announcement that he is elected as the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, January 27, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church elected moderniser Metropolitan Kirill, 62, as its new leader on Tuesday, succeeding Alexiy II, who died last month. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/DECISION
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January 27, 2009 
Acting Patriarch Kirill (C), Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, receives congratulations after... 
Moscow, Russia 
Acting Patriarch Kirill receives congratulations after being elected as the leader of the Russian Orthodox... 
Acting Patriarch Kirill (C), Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, receives congratulations after being elected as the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, January 27, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church elected moderniser Metropolitan Kirill, 62, as its new leader on Tuesday, succeeding Alexiy II, who died last month. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/DECISION
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January 27, 2009 
Acting Patriarch Kirill (R), Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, receives congratulations after... 
Moscow, Russia 
Acting Patriarch Kirill receives congratulations after being elected as the leader of the Russian Orthodox... 
Acting Patriarch Kirill (R), Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, receives congratulations after being elected as the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, January 27, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church elected moderniser Metropolitan Kirill, 62, as its new leader on Tuesday, succeeding Alexiy II, who died last month. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/DECISION
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January 27, 2009 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service after being elected... 
Moscow, Russia 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service after being elected... 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service after being elected as the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, January 27, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church elected moderniser Metropolitan Kirill, 62, as its new leader on Tuesday, succeeding Alexiy II, who died last month. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/DECISION
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January 27, 2009 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service after being elected... 
Moscow, Russia 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service after being elected... 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service after being elected as the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, January 27, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church elected moderniser Metropolitan Kirill, 62, as its new leader on Tuesday, succeeding Alexiy II, who died last month. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/DECISION
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January 27, 2009 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service after being elected... 
Moscow, Russia 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service after being elected... 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service after being elected as the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, January 27, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church elected moderniser Metropolitan Kirill, 62, as its new leader on Tuesday, succeeding Alexiy II, who died last month. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/MEETING
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January 27, 2009 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch... 
Moscow, Russia 
Russian Orthodox Church clerics elect patriarch to succeed late Alexiy II in Christ the Saviour Cathedral... 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch to succeed late Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 27, 2009. The next head of the Russian Orthodox Church will only meet the Roman Catholic Pope if tensions between the two faiths are resolved, the front-runner to become the new Russian patriarch said. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/MEETING
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January 27, 2009 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch... 
Moscow, Russia 
Russian Orthodox Church clerics elect patriarch to succeed Alexiy II in Christ the Saviour Cathedral... 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch to succeed late Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 27, 2009. The next head of the Russian Orthodox Church will only meet the Roman Catholic Pope if tensions between the two faiths are resolved, the front-runner to become the new Russian patriarch said. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/MEETING
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January 27, 2009 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch... 
Moscow, Russia 
Russian Orthodox Church clerics gather to elect patriarch to succeed late Alexiy II in Christ the Saviour... 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch to succeed late Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 27, 2009. The next head of the Russian Orthodox Church will only meet the Roman Catholic Pope if tensions between the two faiths are resolved, the front-runner to become the new Russian patriarch said. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/MEETING
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January 27, 2009 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch... 
Moscow, Russia 
Russian Orthodox Church clerics gather to elect patriarch to succeed late Alexiy II in Christ the Saviour... 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch to succeed late Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 27, 2009. The next head of the Russian Orthodox Church will only meet the Roman Catholic Pope if tensions between the two faiths are resolved, the front-runner to become the new Russian patriarch said. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/MEETING
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January 27, 2009 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch... 
Moscow, Russia 
Russian Orthodox Church clerics gather to elect patriarch to succeed Alexiy II in Christ the Saviour... 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch to succeed late Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 27, 2009. The next head of the Russian Orthodox Church will only meet the Roman Catholic Pope if tensions between the two faiths are resolved, the front-runner to become the new Russian patriarch said. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/MEETING
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January 27, 2009 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church gather for a Local Council session to elect the patriarch... 
Moscow, Russia 
Russian Orthodox Church clerics gather to elect patriarch to succeed the late Alexiy II in Christ the... 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church gather for a Local Council session to elect the patriarch to succeed late Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 27, 2009. The next head of the Russian Orthodox Church will only meet the Roman Catholic Pope if tensions between the two faiths are resolved, the front-runner to become the new Russian patriarch said. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA PATRIARCH/MEETING
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January 27, 2009 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service in Moscow's Christ... 
Moscow, Russia 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service in Moscow's Christ... 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral prior to the Local Council meeting, January 27, 2009. Moderniser and acting church head Metropolitan Kirill has led the contest of three shortlisted candidates to succeed Patriarch Alexiy II, who oversaw the Church's dramatic post-Soviet revival before his death last month. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA PATRIARCH/MEETING
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January 27, 2009 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service in Moscow's Christ... 
Moscow, Russia 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service in Moscow's Christ... 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral prior to the Local Council meeting, January 27, 2009. Moderniser and acting church head Metropolitan Kirill has led the contest of three shortlisted candidates to succeed Patriarch Alexiy II, who oversaw the Church's dramatic post-Soviet revival before his death last month. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA PATRIARCH/MEETING
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January 27, 2009 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service in Moscow's Christ... 
Moscow, Russia 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service in Moscow's Christ... 
Acting Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, leads a service in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral prior to the Local Council meeting, January 27, 2009. Moderniser and acting church head Metropolitan Kirill has led the contest of three shortlisted candidates to succeed Patriarch Alexiy II, who oversaw the Church's dramatic post-Soviet revival before his death last month. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/MEETING
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January 27, 2009 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church vote during a Local Council session which is to elect the... 
Moscow, Russia 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church vote during a Local Council session which is to elect the... 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church vote during a Local Council session which is to elect the patriarch to succeed the late Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 27, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church convened on Tuesday to pick a new head for the world's second largest Christian church and lead 165 million believers worldwide. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/MEETING
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January 27, 2009 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch... 
Moscow, Russia 
Russian Orthodox Church clerics elect the patriarch to succeed late Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour... 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch to succeed late Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 27, 2009. The next head of the Russian Orthodox Church will only meet the Roman Catholic Pope if tensions between the two faiths are resolved, the front-runner to become the new Russian patriarch said. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
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January 27, 2009 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch... 
Moscow, Russia 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch... 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch to succeed the late Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 27, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church convened on Tuesday to pick a new head for the world's second largest Christian church and lead 165 million believers worldwide. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/MEETING
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January 27, 2009 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch... 
Moscow, Russia 
Russian Orthodox Church clerics elect the patriarch to succeed late Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour... 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch to succeed late Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 27, 2009. The next head of the Russian Orthodox Church will only meet the Roman Catholic Pope if tensions between the two faiths are resolved, the front-runner to become the new Russian patriarch said. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/MEETING
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January 27, 2009 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch... 
Moscow, Russia 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch... 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church sit during a Local Council session to elect the patriarch to succeed the late Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 27, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church convened on Tuesday to pick a new head for the world's second largest Christian church and lead 165 million believers worldwide. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
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January 26, 2009 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church cast their ballots to select candidates to succeed late... 
Moscow, Russia 
Senior clerics of Russian Orthodox Church cast ballots to select candidates to succeed late Alexiy II... 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church cast their ballots to select candidates to succeed late Alexiy II as patriarch in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 25, 2009. The next head of the Russian Orthodox Church will only meet the Roman Catholic Pope if tensions between the two faiths are resolved, the front-runner to become the new Russian patriarch said. Picture taken January 25, 2009. REUTERS/Pool (RUSSIA) 
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January 26, 2009 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church vote candidates to take part in the final round of a contest... 
Moscow, Russia 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church vote candidates to take part in final round of contest... 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church vote candidates to take part in the final round of a contest to succeed late Alexiy II as patriarch in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 25, 2009. The next head of the Russian Orthodox Church wil only meet the Roman Catholic Pope if tensions between the two faiths are resolved, the front-runner to become the new Russian patriarch said. Picture taken January 25, 2009. REUTERS/Pool (RUSSIA) 
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January 26, 2009 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church collect their ballots to select candidates to succeed late... 
Moscow, Russia 
Senior clerics of Russian Orthodox Church cast ballots to select candidates to succeed late Alexiy II... 
Senior clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church collect their ballots to select candidates to succeed late Alexiy II as patriarch in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 25, 2009. The next head of the Russian Orthodox Church wil only meet the Roman Catholic Pope if tensions between the two faiths are resolved, the front-runner to become the new Russian patriarch said. Picture taken January 25, 2009. REUTERS/Pool (RUSSIA) 
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January 25, 2009 
A combination of photographs shows the three candidates for the election to succeed Alexiy II as patriarch,... 
Moscow, Russia 
A combination of photographs shows the three candidates for patriarch announced by the Council of Bishops... 
A combination of photographs shows the three candidates for the election to succeed Alexiy II as patriarch, announced during the Council of Bishops in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 25, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church prayed for divine guidance on Sunday at the start of a process to choose a new leader likely to pit conservatives against those who want to open up the church to the rest of the world. Pictured are (L-R): Metropolitan Kliment, Metropolitan Kirill and Metropolitan Filaret. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
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January 25, 2009 
Metropolitan Filaret, a candidate to succeed Alexiy II as patriarch, attends the Council of Bishops in... 
Moscow, Russia 
Metropolitan Filaret attends Council of Bishops in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow 
Metropolitan Filaret, a candidate to succeed Alexiy II as patriarch, attends the Council of Bishops in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 25, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church prayed for divine guidance on Sunday at the start of a process to choose a new leader likely to pit conservatives against those who want to open up the church to the rest of the world. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
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January 25, 2009 
Metropolitan Juvenali, a likely candidate to succeed Alexiy II as patriarch, attends the Council of Bishops... 
Moscow, Russia 
Metropolitan Juvenali attends Council of Bishops in Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow 
Metropolitan Juvenali, a likely candidate to succeed Alexiy II as patriarch, attends the Council of Bishops in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 25, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church prayed for divine guidance on Sunday at the start of a process to choose a new leader likely to pit conservatives against those who want to open up the church to the rest of the world. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
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January 25, 2009 
Metropolitan Kirill (C), a likely candidate to succeed Alexiy II as patriarch, speaks at the Council... 
Moscow, Russia 
Metropolitan Kirill speaks at Council of Bishops in Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow 
Metropolitan Kirill (C), a likely candidate to succeed Alexiy II as patriarch, speaks at the Council of Bishops in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 25, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church prayed for divine guidance on Sunday at the start of a process to choose a new leader likely to pit conservatives against those who want to open up the church to the rest of the world. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
RUSSIA-PATRIARCH/
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January 25, 2009 
Metropolitan Kliment, a likely candidate to succeed Alexiy II as patriarch, attends the Council of Bishops... 
Moscow, Russia 
Metropolitan Kliment attends Council of Bishops in Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow 
Metropolitan Kliment, a likely candidate to succeed Alexiy II as patriarch, attends the Council of Bishops in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 25, 2009. The Russian Orthodox Church prayed for divine guidance on Sunday at the start of a process to choose a new leader likely to pit conservatives against those who want to open up the church to the rest of the world. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA) 
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December 12, 2008 
Russian Orthodox church believers and clerics pay tribute to the late Patriarch Alexiy placed for public... 
Moscow, Russia 
Russian Orthodox church believers and clerics pay tribute to late Patriarch Alexiy placed for public... 
Russian Orthodox church believers and clerics pay tribute to the late Patriarch Alexiy placed for public viewing in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral December 8, 2008. Russian Orthodox Christians flocked to pay tribute to Patriarch Alexiy II on Sunday as he lay in state in a Moscow cathedral, thanking him for the revival of the faith after decades of communist repression. Alexiy II, enthroned in 1990 a year before the demise of the Soviet Union, died of heart failure on Friday. He was 79. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
Clergymen lead a funeral service for Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II before lowering his coffin... 
Moscow, Russia 
Clergymen lead a funeral service for Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II before lowering his coffin... 
Clergymen lead a funeral service for Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II before lowering his coffin into a crypt in the Epiphany Cathedral in Moscow December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at a grand, pomp-filled funeral ceremony, with speakers praising him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. REUTERS/Pool (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople kisses the body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II in... 
Moscow, Russia 
Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople kisses the body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II in... 
Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople kisses the body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at a grand, pomp-filled funeral ceremony, with speakers praising him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. REUTERS/Pool (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
Clergymen carry the coffin of Patriarch Alexiy II outside the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow... 
Moscow, Russia 
Clergymen carry the coffin of Patriarch Alexiy II outside Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow 
Clergymen carry the coffin of Patriarch Alexiy II outside the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at a grand, pomp-filled funeral ceremony, with speakers praising him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. REUTERS/Pool (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
Men lower the coffin of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II into the crypt at the Epiphany Cathedral... 
Moscow, Russia 
Men lower the coffin of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II into the crypt at the Epiphany Cathedral... 
Men lower the coffin of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II into the crypt at the Epiphany Cathedral in Moscow December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at a grand, pomp-filled funeral ceremony, with speakers praising him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. REUTERS/Pool (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin kisses the body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II in the... 
Moscow, Russia 
Russian Prime Minister Putin kisses the body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II in Christ the Saviour... 
Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin kisses the body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at a grand, pomp-filled funeral ceremony, with speakers praising him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. REUTERS/Pool (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
Russia's First Lady Svetlana Medvedev views the body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at Christ... 
Moscow, Russia 
Russia's First Lady Svetlana Medvedev views the body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II in Moscow... 
Russia's First Lady Svetlana Medvedev views the body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at a grand funeral ceremony at which speakers praised him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. At left is Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
A woman holds a candle outside Moscow's Epiphany Cathedral where the body of Patriarch Alexiy II will... 
Moscow, Russia 
A woman holds candle outside Moscow's Epiphany Cathedral where body of Patriarch Alexiy II will be laid... 
A woman holds a candle outside Moscow's Epiphany Cathedral where the body of Patriarch Alexiy II will be laid to rest, December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at a grand funeral ceremony at which speakers praised him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA) 
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Patriarch Alexiy's Funeral - 09 Dec 2008 
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December 09, 2008 
Clergymen carry the coffin of Patriarch Alexiy II outside Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow December... 
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Clergymen carry the coffin of Patriarch Alexiy II outside Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow 
Clergymen carry the coffin of Patriarch Alexiy II outside Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at a grand funeral ceremony at which speakers praised him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
A woman holds a portrait of Patriarch Alexiy II during his funeral service at the Christ the Saviour... 
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A woman holds a portrait of Patriarch Alexiy II during his funeral service in Moscow 
A woman holds a portrait of Patriarch Alexiy II during his funeral service at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at a grand funeral ceremony at which speakers praised him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
Ukraine's former prime minister Viktor Yanukovich makes the sign of the cross at the coffin of Patriarch... 
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Ukraine's former prime minister Yanukovich makes the sign of the cross at the coffin of Patriarch Alexiy... 
Ukraine's former prime minister Viktor Yanukovich makes the sign of the cross at the coffin of Patriarch Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at a grand, pomp-filled funeral ceremony, with speakers praising him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
A motorcade escorts the hearse carrying the coffin of Patriarch Alexiy II outside Christ the Saviour... 
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A motorcade escorts the hearse carrying the coffin of Patriarch Alexiy II outside Christ the Saviour... 
A motorcade escorts the hearse carrying the coffin of Patriarch Alexiy II outside Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at a grand funeral ceremony at which speakers praised him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
Clergymen lead the funeral service of Patriarch Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow... 
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Clergymen lead funeral service of Patriarch Alexiy II in Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow 
Clergymen lead the funeral service of Patriarch Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at a grand, pomp-filled funeral ceremony, with speakers praising him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
People make the sign of the cross during the funeral service of Patriarch Alexiy II in the Christ the... 
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People make sign of cross during funeral service of Patriarch Alexiy II in Christ the Saviour Cathedral... 
People make the sign of the cross during the funeral service of Patriarch Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at a grand, pomp-filled funeral ceremony, with speakers praising him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
People hold candles outside Moscow's Epiphany Cathedral where the body of Patriarch Alexiy II will be... 
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People hold candles outside Moscow's Epiphany Cathedral where the body of Patriarch Alexiy II will be... 
People hold candles outside Moscow's Epiphany Cathedral where the body of Patriarch Alexiy II will be laid to rest, December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at a grand, pomp-filled funeral ceremony, with speakers praising him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
The body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II lies in state at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow... 
Moscow, Russia 
The body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II lies in state at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow... 
The body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II lies in state at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at a grand funeral ceremony at which speakers praised him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. REUTERS/Misha Japaridze/Pool (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
The body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II lies in state in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in... 
Moscow, Russia 
The body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II lies in state in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in... 
The body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II lies in state in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch ALexiy II at a grand, pomp-filled funeral ceremony, with speakers praising him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. REUTERS/Misha Japaridze/Pool (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
The body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II lies in state in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in... 
Moscow, Russia 
The body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II lies in state in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in... 
The body of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II lies in state in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at a grand funeral ceremony at which speakers praised him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. REUTERS/Misha Japaridze/Pool (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
Clergymen carry the coffin of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II after a funeral service in the Christ... 
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Clergymen carry the coffin of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II after a funeral service in Moscow 
Clergymen carry the coffin of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II after a funeral service in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow December 9, 2008. Russia bade farewell on Tuesday to Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II at a grand funeral ceremony at which speakers praised him for reviving the nation's Christian faith after decades of communist atheism. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA) 
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December 09, 2008 
Metropolitan Kirill attends the funeral service for Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II in the Christ... 
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Metropolitan Kirill attends funeral service for Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II in Moscow 
Metropolitan Kirill attends the funeral service for Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow December 9, 2008. Metropolitan Kirill, the interim leader of the Russian Orthodox Church was led away briefly from the funeral ceremony for late Patriarch Alexiy II on Tuesday after apparently feeling unwell, a Reuters photographer said. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA) 
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