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His All-Holiness '''Patriarch Demetrius I''' (Greek: Πατ
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His All-Holiness '''Patriarch Demetrius I''' (Greek: Πατριάρχης Δημήτριος Α', Dimitrios or Demetrios I), known to the world as Demetrios Papadopoulos of Panagiotis, was Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople from 1972 to 1991.
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Demetrios Papadopoulos was born in [[Constantinople]] on [[September 8]], 1914. His early education was at the Greek schools in Therapia. He continued his studies at the [[Theological School of Halki]] from 1931 to 1937, he was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] following his graduation on Palm Sunday, [[April 25]], 1937. From October 1937 to August 1938, he served as the diocese Secretary and Preacher of the Holy Metropolis of Edessa. Between May 1939 and June 1945 he served as deacon and [[priest]] in Ferikioi (Φερίκιοϊ). He was ordained to the priesthood on [[March 29]], 1942, and continued serving the Ferikioi Church for another three years. He then served as the pastor of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Tehran, Iran, from 1945 to 1950. During this time, with the honorary approval of the Shah, he taught Ancient Greek at the University of Tehran for one year. After his stint in Tehran, he returned to Ferikioi to serve as Head of Community from 1950 to 1964.
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On [[July 23]], 1964, he was elected [[Titular bishop]] of Eleia (Ελαίας) by the Holy [[Synod]] of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. On [[August 9]] he was consecrated [[bishop]].  He served as Hierarchal Vicar and Patriarchal Overseer (Αρχιερατικός) of the parishes in Ferikioy, Haskioy, and the Annunciation Church of Tataoula (Ταταούλων). He remained there until he was elected [[Metropolitan]] of Imvros and Tenedos on [[February 15]], 1972. Shortly thereafter and following the death of [[Athenagoras I (Spyrou) of Constantinople|Patriarch Athenagoros I]], he was elected by the Holy Synod of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] as Archbishop of Constantinople, [[New Rome]], and Ecumenical Patriarch on [[July 16]] of that year. He was enthroned on [[July 18]], 1972, at the Patriarchal [[Cathedral Church of St George (Istanbul)|Church of St. George]] in the [[Phanar]] district of Istanbul.
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He called the first of three Pan-Orthodox Meetings for the preparation of the Pan-Orthodox Synod at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Chambesy, Switzerland. He accepted at the Ecumenical Patriarchate two [[Archbishop of Canterbury|Archbishops of Canterbury]], and on [[November 30]], 1979, [[Pope]] [[John Paul II]] with whom he proclaimed the establishment of the official theological dialogue between the Orthodox and the [[Roman Catholic]] Church.
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In 1987, he traveled to Rome where he was received by Pope John Paul II. At a solemn ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica, the Patriarchs of East and West together recited, in Greek, the [[Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed]] of the Church as originally expressed without the ''[[filioque]]''.
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He died in Constantinople on [[October 2]], 1991, and his successor, [[Bartholomew I (Archontonis) of Constantinople|Bartholomew I]] was elected 20 days later.
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==Sources==
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*[http://www.archons.org Order of St. Andrew the Apostle: Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate]
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*[http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/hierarchs/constantinople/current/bios/bio_iakovos_metr_laodicea.htm Biography of Metropolitan Iakovos of Laodicea] (Orthodox Research Institute)
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*[http://www.cmkon.org/Dimitrios.htm Ο ΟΙΚΟΥΜΕΝΙΚΟΣ ΠΑΤΡΙΑΡΧΗΣ ΔΗΜHΤΡΙΟΣ ο Α΄] (Greek)
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*[[w:el:Πατριάρχης Δημήτριος|''Πατριάρχης Δημήτριος'' at Wikipedia (Greek)]]
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==External link==
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*[[w:Patriarch Demetrius I of Constantinople|''Patriarch Demetrius I of Constantinople'' at Wikipedia]]
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Latest revision as of 07:44, November 18, 2012

Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrius

His All-Holiness Patriarch Demetrius I (Greek: Πατριάρχης Δημήτριος Α', Dimitrios or Demetrios I), known to the world as Demetrios Papadopoulos of Panagiotis, was Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople from 1972 to 1991.

Demetrios Papadopoulos was born in Constantinople on September 8, 1914. His early education was at the Greek schools in Therapia. He continued his studies at the Theological School of Halki from 1931 to 1937, he was ordained a deacon following his graduation on Palm Sunday, April 25, 1937. From October 1937 to August 1938, he served as the diocese Secretary and Preacher of the Holy Metropolis of Edessa. Between May 1939 and June 1945 he served as deacon and priest in Ferikioi (Φερίκιοϊ). He was ordained to the priesthood on March 29, 1942, and continued serving the Ferikioi Church for another three years. He then served as the pastor of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Tehran, Iran, from 1945 to 1950. During this time, with the honorary approval of the Shah, he taught Ancient Greek at the University of Tehran for one year. After his stint in Tehran, he returned to Ferikioi to serve as Head of Community from 1950 to 1964.

On July 23, 1964, he was elected Titular bishop of Eleia (Ελαίας) by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. On August 9 he was consecrated bishop. He served as Hierarchal Vicar and Patriarchal Overseer (Αρχιερατικός) of the parishes in Ferikioy, Haskioy, and the Annunciation Church of Tataoula (Ταταούλων). He remained there until he was elected Metropolitan of Imvros and Tenedos on February 15, 1972. Shortly thereafter and following the death of Patriarch Athenagoros I, he was elected by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate as Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch on July 16 of that year. He was enthroned on July 18, 1972, at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in the Phanar district of Istanbul.

He called the first of three Pan-Orthodox Meetings for the preparation of the Pan-Orthodox Synod at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Chambesy, Switzerland. He accepted at the Ecumenical Patriarchate two Archbishops of Canterbury, and on November 30, 1979, Pope John Paul II with whom he proclaimed the establishment of the official theological dialogue between the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1987, he traveled to Rome where he was received by Pope John Paul II. At a solemn ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica, the Patriarchs of East and West together recited, in Greek, the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed of the Church as originally expressed without the filioque.

He died in Constantinople on October 2, 1991, and his successor, Bartholomew I was elected 20 days later.


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Demetrius I (Papadopoulos) of Constantinople
Preceded by:
Bishop of Eleia
1964-1972
Succeeded by:
Athenagoras (Kokkinakis)
Preceded by:
Metropolitan of
Imvros and Tenedos

1972
Succeeded by:
Photios (Savvaides)
Preceded by:
Athenagoras
Patriarch of Constantinople
1972-1991
Succeeded by:
Bartholomew I
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