Patriarch Meletius IV of Constantinople

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Patriarch Meletius IV of Constantinople (1923).

Patriarch Meletius (Greek: Μελέτιος, secular name Emmanuel Metaxakis; born 21 September 1871 - 28 July 1935) was Greek Patriarch of Alexandria under the episcopal name Meletius II from 1926 to 1935.[1] He also was the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople under name Meletius IV from 1921 to 1923.[2] Before his election to the Ecumenical Patriarchate he had briefly headed the Church of Greece in Athens.

He was the only Eastern Orthodox hierarch in history to serve successively as the senior bishop of three autocephalous churches.

A known supporter of Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos, he served as Bishop in Cyprus, until he was elected Archbishop of Athens following the abdication of Constantine I of Greece, replacing Archbishop Theocletus I, a known Royalist. Two years later King Constantine I was restored to the throne, Archbishop Meletius was ousted, and former Archbishop Theocletus I was reinstated. In 1921 he was elected Ecumenical Patriarch. He resigned in 1923 following the defeat of the Hellenic Army in the Greco-Turkish War.

Some years later he was elected Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria. He died in 1935.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meletios II Metaxakis (1926–1935)". Official web site of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  2. ^ "List of Patriarchs". Official web site of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 

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Orthodox Church titles
Preceded by
Theocletus I
Metropolitan of Athens and All Greece
as Meletius III

1918–1920
Succeeded by
Theocletus I
Vacant
Title last held by
Germanus V
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
as Meletius IV

1921–1923
Succeeded by
Gregory VII
Preceded by
Photius
Greek Patriarch of Alexandria
as Meletius II

1926–1935
Succeeded by
Nicholas V