Who will be the new Russian Orthodox Church head ?

Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev has been mentioned amongst other possible successors ( Metropolitan Kiril, Metropolitan Klement and Metropolitan Mefody ) to late Patriarch Alexy II.

But a recent statement by the Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev was interpreted as a possible withdrawal of its amongst favourites which runs for the Russia’s patriarchal throne. Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev made this statement Sunday meeting at the Kiev Pechora Lavra, which elected delegates of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church. Conform Interfax-Religion Agency, Metropolitan Vladimir said: ““Plenty of assumptions are being made about the future head of the Russian Orthodox Church. My name has been mentioned amongst other possible successors to late Patriarch Alexy II. I am sincerely grateful for this honor, but I would like to remain the 121-st Metropolitan of Kiev.”

“The formal nomination of the candidate for Patriarch, including the nomination of His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir, should he agree to it, will take place at the Russian Orthodox Church’s Archbishop Council on January 25-26, 2009, as provided by relevant regulations”, the Metropolitan press secretary Archpriest Georgy Kovalenko declared for Interfax.

Update: On the eve of electing a new Primate, the Locum Tenens of the Moscow patriarchal see Metropolitan Kirill gave an interview to Interfax-Religion, where he commented on preparations for the Local Council, procedure of coming elections, and reminded how important a prayer of each Orthodox Christian is on the eve of crucial changes in life of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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