Metropolitan Filaret withdraws from patriarchal election

Moscow, January 27, Interfax – Patriarch Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk, one of the three candidates for the Moscow Patriarchal See, withdrew his candidacy at a Church Council session on Tuesday afternoon, a source attending the forum told Interfax-Religion.

The Church Council also decided not to nominate more candidates for Patriarch, the source said.

Thus, the Council has to choose the 16th Patriarch of the Russian Church from only two candidates: Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad and Metropolitan Kliment of Kaluga and Borovsk. According to the credentials committee, 702 delegates are participating in the Council work.