Maximus V of Constantinople

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Ecumenical Patriarch Maximus V

His All-Holiness Maximus V (1897-1972), was the 266th Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople from 1946 to 1948.

He was born in Sinope of Pontus, where he began his primary education. He continued his studies at the Theological School of Halki under the protection of Metropolitan Germanos Karavaggelis of Amaseia. He was ordained into the diaconate in 1918 and appointed a teacher in the City School of Theira. He served as the Archdeacon of Metropolitans Gregorios of Chalcedon and Joachim of Ephesus, before becoming a deacon in the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 1920. He then served in various positions on the Board of the Halki School, including secretary, codewriter, subsecretary, and archsecretary before being ordained a presbyter and archimandrite on January 1, 1928. He later became Metropolitan of Philadelphia in February 1930 before ascending to the Patriarchal throne in 1946.

Officially he resigned in 1948 due to poor health. Unofficially, he was forced to resign by western powers who didn't approve of his ties with the Soviet-controlled Patriarch of Moscow. He was succeeded by Archbishop Athenagoras of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He died in Switzerland on January 1, 1972.

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Maximus V of Constantinople
Preceded by:
Benjamin I
Patriarch of Constantinople
1946-1948
Succeeded by:
Athenagoras I
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