75th Anniversary of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia (in the world Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyaev) was born on November 20, 1946 in Leningrad in the family of a priest. In 1969 he was tonsured into monasticism with the name Cyril. Graduated with honors from the Leningrad Theological Academy. From November 13, 1989 to January 2009, he served as chairman of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations and was a permanent member of the Holy Synod, elevated to the rank of Metropolitan in 1991. The local council of the Russian Orthodox Church on January 27, 2009 elected Metropolitan Kirill the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

Patriarch Kirill in the Spaso-Euphrosyne monastery in the city of Polotsk, 2009 © Press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill during the consecration of the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral in Kronstadt, 2013 © Press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill, 2011 © Press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarchal service on the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord in the Kazan Cathedral, 2014 © Press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia during Easter service in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, 2014 © Press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill during the traditional tour of the capital's churches on Holy Saturday, 2014 © Press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill on Patmos Island in the Gorno-Altai Diocese, 2015 © Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill during the recording of the TV show “Word of the Shepherd”, 2016 © Press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarchal visit to the Anadyr diocese. Visit to Ratmanov Island, 2016 © Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill (left) and Pope Francis during a meeting at the Jose Martí International Airport in Havana, 2016 © RIA Novosti/Sergey Pyatakov

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill's visit to the Russian Antarctic station Bellingshausen, 2016 © Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill during his service at the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, 2017 © Press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarchal visit to Solovki. Visiting the Golgotha-Crucifixion and Trinity sketes, 2017 © Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

© RIA Novosti/Sergey Pyatakov

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin (from left to right) in the Patriarch's Chambers of the Kremlin during the Patriarch's congratulations on the day of enthronement, February 1, 2021 © http://www.kremlin.ru/

Patriarchal Liturgy on the occasion of the first anniversary of the consecration of the main church of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, June 13, 2021 © Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarchal visit to the Volgograd Metropolitanate. The Great Consecration of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Volgograd, September 19, 2021 © Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill in the Spaso-Euphrosyne monastery in Polotsk, 2009 © Press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill during the consecration of the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral in Kronstadt, 2013 © Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill, 2011 © Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarchal service on the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord in the Kazan Cathedral, 2014 © Press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia during Easter service in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, 2014 © Press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill during the traditional tour of the capital's churches on Holy Saturday, 2014 © Press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill on Patmos Island in the Gorno-Altai Diocese, 2015 © Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill during the recording of the TV show “Word of the Shepherd”, 2016 © Press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarchal visit to the Anadyr diocese. Visit to Ratmanov Island, 2016 © Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill (left) and Pope Francis during a meeting at the Jose Martí International Airport in Havana, 2016 © RIA Novosti/Sergey Pyatakov

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill's visit to the Russian Antarctic station Bellingshausen, 2016 © Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill during his service at the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, 2017 © Press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarchal visit to Solovki. Visiting the Golgotha-Crucifixion and Trinity sketes, 2017 © Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

© RIA Novosti/Sergey Pyatakov

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin (from left to right) in the Patriarch's Chambers of the Kremlin during the Patriarch's congratulations on the day of enthronement, February 1, 2021 © http://www.kremlin.ru/

Patriarchal Liturgy on the occasion of the first anniversary of the consecration of the main church of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, June 13, 2021 © Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarchal visit to the Volgograd Metropolitanate. The great consecration of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Volgograd, September 19, 2021 © Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

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