Petros (Giakoumelos) of Caesarea

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Archbishop Petros.

His Eminence, the Most Reverend Petros (Giakoumelos) of Caesarea (1932–2020) was the Archbishop of Caesarea in Mauretania in northeastern Africa, part of the Church of Alexandria.


George Giakoumelos was born in 1932 in the Zakynthos Island in Ionian Greece. His collegiate level education began with the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens in Greece. He was ordained deacon in 1955 and as a priest in 1956 under the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Fr. Petros continued his education at the Sorbonne, Paris, studying Catechism-Pastoral Theology and Sociology. While attached to the Archdiocese of Elasson, Fr. Petros served as archdeacon, preacher, and Great Chancellor of the Throne.

In 1970, Fr. Petros was transfered to the See of Alexandria under the Patriarch Nicholas VI (1968–1986). On December 17, 1972, he was ordained titular Bishop of Babylon in Cairo, where he served as Patriarchal Commissioner. On November 30, 1979, Bishop Petros was elected the fourth Archbishop of Aksum in Etiopia. During 1996 and 1997, Abp. Petros was appointed also Patriarchal Exarch in the Archdiocese of Kenya. His see was in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, with jurisdiction over Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia.

With the repose of the Patriarch Petros VII (1997–2004) on September 11, 2004, Abp. Petros served as vicar of the Patriarchal Throne until the enthronement of the current Patriarch Theodoros II on October 24, 2004. On October 27, Theodoros awarded him the title of Gerontos (Elder) and sent him as Exarch of the Patriarchate of Alexandria to the Church of Greece in Athens.

On November 26, 2018, Elder Petros resigned as Archbishop of Aksum after 39 years and was elected titular Archbishop of Caesarea in Mauritania. His Eminence reposed in the Lord in the Hospital of Voulas, Athens, on November 24, 2020. His funeral was held two days after in the Church of Panagia Marmariotissis in Chalandri, Athens, where he was buried by the Most Reverend Archbishop Emmanuel (Kiagias) of Ptolemais. Patriarch Theodoros performed a Trisagion for his repose in Kenya.

Elder Petros spoke French, English, and Italian, in addition to his native language Greek.

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Petros (Giakoumelos) of Caesarea
Preceded by:
Methodios of Pisidia
Archbishop of Aksum
Succeeded by:
Daniel of Aksum
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Archbishop of Caesarea
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