Mesrob II Mutafyan of Constantinople

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His Beatitude Patriarch
Mesrob II Mutafyan
Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople
Native name Մեսրոպ Բ Մութաֆյան
Church Armenian Apostolic Church
See Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople
Appointed 16 March 1998
Predecessor Karekin II Kazanjian
Personal details
Born (1956-06-16) 16 June 1956 (age 58)
Istanbul, Turkey
Denomination Armenian Apostolic

Archbishop Mesrob II Mutafyan, (in Armenian Մեսրոպ Բ Մութաֆյան) also known as Mesrop Mutafyan (June 16, 1956, Istanbul, Turkey) is the 84th Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople. The Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople is one of the four Sees of Armenian Orthodox Church (the other three being Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the Holy See of Cilicia and the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem) and has an autocephalous status, accepting, on the other hand, spiritual supremacy of the Catholicos of Armenia and of all Armenians in Holy Echmiadzin.

Mesrob Mutafyan graduated from the American High School in Kornwestheim near Stuttgart, Germany. From 1974 to 1979, he studied philosophy and sociology in Memphis, Tennessee, United States.

On May 13, 1979, he was ordained to priesthood and was commissioned pastor of Kınalıada, one of the Prince Islands in the Sea of Marmara in İstanbul with a small Armenian community. Between 1979 and 1981, he continued his theological studies in Jerusalem.

On September 21, 1986, Mesrob Mutafyan was elevated to the rank of a Bishop in Echmiadzin, Armenia. From 1982 to 1990, he coordinated the ecumenical relationships of the Patriarchate. He attended the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy in 1988/1989.

In 1993, he was elevated to the rank of archbishop to serve the diocese of Prince Islands. From 1997, Mutafyan acted as the vicar general of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Following the death of Patriarch Karekin II Kazanjian of Constantinople, Mesrob Mutafyan was elected locum tenens on March 16, 1998 to serve as the temporary leader of the Church until an election is held. Even though the Turkish local authorities demanded Archbishop of Üsküdar Şahan Sıvaciyan, the retired longest-serving archbishop, should succeed, Mesrob Mutafyan was finally elected the 84th Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople on October 14, 1998 and could take office. During his apostolic journey to Turkey, Pope Benedict XVI visited also the Surp Asdvadzadzin Patriarchal Church in Kumkapı, İstanbul, where he attended a religious ceremony and held later talks with Patriarch Mesrob II on November 30, 2006.

He is also a member of the Elijah Interfaith Institute Board of World Religious Leaders.[1]

Illness[edit]

In July 2008, it was announced that Mesrob Mutafyan was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and has since withdrawn from all his duties and from public life; however he still officially remains patriarch and archbishop.[2] Archbishop Aram Ateşyan, who is from Diyarbakır, is running the day-to-day affairs of the Patriarchate after being appointed as Patriarchal Vicar of Constantinople with 25 of the 26 members of the Religious Council voting for him[3] and awaiting the official election of a new Patriarch. But there has been public dissent about his temporary appointment including mass resignation of the acting Finance Committee of the Patriarchate. An official communiqué confirmed on January 14, 2011 that the Patriarch was suffering from Frontal temporal degenerative dementia, and that his physical and mental situation had deteriorated very rapidly.[citation needed]

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Orthodox Church titles
Preceded by
Karekin II Kazanjian
Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople
1998 – present
Incumbent