From Russia with Love
With bells across the city (even at the Kremlin) pealing, that other sound you hear is likely rejoicing in Rome -- long the Moscow patriarchate's point-man on external affairs and a well-known, highly-regarded figure at the Vatican as a result, the 62 year-old Kirill was widely believed to be the Vatican's favored choice. Even though the newly-elected patriarch said in the hours before the vote that his church's concerns would need to be addressed before any new patriarch could meet with Benedict XVI, that the two already know each other and the other side's concerns paves significant ground toward a historic meeting of the heads of Christianity's two largest branches.
Come Sunday, Kirill will be enthroned as the head of 130 million-member Russian Orthodox church.
PHOTO: AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko