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In pictures: Kirill enthroned

Kirill at the enthronement ceremony in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.

Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad has been enthroned as new leader of the Russian Orthodox Church at an elaborate ceremony in Moscow.

Kirill at the ceremony in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Hundreds of clergy in golden robes saw Kirill becoming the 16th patriarch in Moscow's most opulent church - the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

Kirill puts on a white mantle with gold embroidering

Kirill, 62, went through a number of changes of elaborate vestments during the nearly four-hour long ceremony that was broadcast live on Russia's TV channels.

(From left to right) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, hif wife Svetlana, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin

Russia's top political leaders - President Dmitry Medvedev (left) and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (right) - attended the ceremony.

Orthodox nuns watch the enthronement ceremony at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Orthodox nuns and thousands of worshippers watched as Kirill was presented with the symbols of his new position - a dark robe and a mitre.

Kirill at the ceremony in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

The new patriarch - who succeeded the late Patriarch Alexiy II - has played down the possibility of major reforms under his leadership.

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