New patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad finally became the 16th patriarch of Moscow and All Russia! Yay!!
I’m very excited because I’m really fond of him and his active work and his wisdom and logical thinking and the fact that he is so down to earth and close to people. I met him once, last year when he came to Tokyo to congratulate Daniel (Japanese metropolitan) with his 70th birthday. Kirill participated in the Sunday service and communion and then stood there with the cross till all the people kissed it. Usually Daniel stays for a couple of minutes and then passes the cross to the lower rank priest. However Kirill stood there till the end and gave icons to all of us.
I’ve been watching his saturday morning talk show for a long time and even though he sometimes show the stubborn side of his character especially upon certain topics, I really learn a lot from him and his guidance really help me become a better person. He is also very young and energetic so it’s going to be very exciting to watch his work and all the good things he is going to do for Russian church.