From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia
Template:Infobox Christian leader Metropolitan Paul (Template:Lang-ru, Template:Lang-be, secular name Georgiy Vasilevich Ponomaryov, Template:Lang-ru; born 19 February 1951 in Karaganda) is the emeritus Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk, the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus and the leader of the Belarusian Orthodox Church (an autonomous part of the Russian Orthodox Church).
Metropolitan Paul was born on 19 February 1952 in Karaganda.
On 19 February 1992 by the decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church he was appointed Bishop of Zaraisk and was put in charge of the patriarchal parishes in the United States and in Canada.
23 February 2001 he was elevated to the rank of Archbishop.
7 May 2003 he was appointed Archbishop of Ryazan and Kasimov.
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