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Patriarch of Moscow Taken to Hospital


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Patriarch Alexy Taken to Hospital

MOSCOW - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Alexy II, was hospitalized Monday during a visit to a southern Russian city, Russian news agencies reported.

The 73-year-old patriarch was diagnosed with hypertension caused by a sharp change in atmospheric pressure, Interfax news agency reported citing Alexander Kabachek, chief doctor at the Alexandro-Mariinskaya Hospital No. 1 in the city of Astrakhan. Kabachek said Alexy's situation later stabilized and that he would likely be released Tuesday.

The patriarch was originally taken to the hospital's intensive care unit, Interfax reported.

A spokesman for the church in Moscow said earlier he had no information on the reports.


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