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Sisinnius II of Constantinople

Sisinnius II of Constantinople was the Patriarch of the Church of Constantinople from 996 to 998, serving during the reign of emperor Basil II.


Little is known of the life of Sisinnius before he was elected to the see of Constantinople. He became patriarch during the time that the institution of charistikion was active. Charistikion was a practice wherein the donation (charistike dorea) of monasteries to private individuals was made supposedly to support the operation of monasteries, but in actuality was used by the wealthy gentry to gain income. This practice was strongly supported by emperor Basil for which his law Peri ton dynaton had been enacted.

Patr. Sisinnius, on becoming patriarch, challenged this institution by terminating 
patriarchal participation in the program. Sisinnius ordered the return of all patriarchal monasteries that had been alienated from the Church by his predecessors, not only under the charistike dorea program but also for property that had been transferred under an earlier parallel program called epidosis[1].


  1. from the Greek word epididomi, ἐπιδίδωμι (to give over (by hand or surrender)
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Sisinnius II of Constantinople
Preceded by:
Nicholas II Chrysoberges
Patriarch of Constantinople
Succeeded by:
Sergius II
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