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Nicholas VI of Alexandria

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His Beatitude '''Nicholas VI of Alexandria''' was the Pope and Patriarch of the [[Church of Alexandria]] from 1968 to 1986. Nicholas came to the throne of the [[see]] of Alexandria during a time when the number of faithful in the patriarchate was falling, an issue that he recognized and faced with determination.
==Life==
Nicholas (Valeropoulos) was born in February 1915.
Bishop Nicholas was the first [[bishop]] [[enthronement|enthroned]] in the newly formed [[Archdiocese of Irinoupolis|Metropolis of Irinoupolis]], in 1959, that supported the Orthodox missionary activity in East Africa consisting of the countries of Kenya, Tazmania, and [[Uganda]].
He was elected [[patriarch]] on [[May 10]], 1968. After his installation as [[Pope]] of Alexandria, he instituted a reorganization of the patriarchate and improved the infrastructure of its ecclesiastical institutions. He transferred the seat of the patriarchate from the Monastery of St. Savvas to a new [[monastery]] at the Tositsas School in Alexandria that had been closed in 1968. He established the Metropolises of [[Archdiocese of the Cape of Good Hope|Good Hope]] (Cape Town) and [[Archdiocese of Zimbabwe|Zimbabwe]] and [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] the first three African Orthodox Bishops for the [[diocese]]s of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Patr. Nicholas VI took a strong stand against the popular religious position of ecumenicalism, considering it not only a [[heresy]] but a pan-heresy.
He reposed on [[July 9]], 1986during an official visit in Russia..
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==Sources==
*[http://www.patriarchateofalexandria.com/index.php?module=content&cid=001003&id=200&lang=en Nicholas VI (1968-1986)]
*[[Wikipedia: Patriarch_Nicholas_VI_of_Alexandria]]
*[http://www.orthodoxengland.org.uk/mpecu.htm The Moscow Patriarchate and Ecumenism]
*[http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/2009/10/completion-of-the-renovation-work-on-the-holy-patriarchal-monαstεry-of-st-savvas-the-sanctified-in-alexandria/ Completion of the Renovation work on the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of St Savvas the Sanctified in Alexandria]
 
==External link==
*[http://www.greece.org/hec01/www/arts-culture/alexandria/eka2/eka2.htm The Founding and Early History of EKA]
[[Category:Bishops]]
[[Category:Patriarchs of Alexandria]]
[[Category:20th-century bishops]]
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