Παρασκευή, 11 Σεπτεμβρίου 2015

Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria († September 11, 2004). Memory eternal!

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Petros VII (September 3, 1949 – September 11, 2004) was the Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa from 1997 to 2004.
Petros was born as Petros Papapetrou in Sichari, Kyrenia District, Cyprus. He assumed the Patriarchate of Alexandria on March 9, 1997, following his election by the Holy Synod the previous February 21. Before his election, Petros had served as a deacon and a priest, and was consecrated as a bishop in 1983. He had a close rapport with his predecessor, Patriarch Parthenios III of Alexandria and assumed the latter's post after his death in 1994.[1] He reigned as Patriarch for seven years.
His tenure was marked by renewed missionary efforts in Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Cameroon, and elsewhere across the African continent.
Petros VII died along with 16 others (including three other bishops of the Church of Alexandria: Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Carthage, Metropolitan Irenaios of Pelusium, and Bishop Nektarios of Madagascar) when the Chinook helicopter carrying them crashed into the Aegean Sea while en route to the monastic enclave of Mount Athos in Greece. The cause of the crash is still unknown.
 

Fr. Nektarios Kellis († September 11, 2004), the first Bishop of Madagascar (from here)

References http://english.pravda.ru/news/world/12-09-2004/59223-0/
"Petros VII (1996–2004)". Official web site of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. Retrieved 2011-02-07 :


He worked with great enthusiasm for the spread of the Gospel message on the Africa n continent. He concerned himself mainly with the administrative reorganization of the Church of Alexandria, compiled the “Patriarchal Order of 16th September 2002” regarding the election of the Patriarch by the Holy Synod exclusively. He began the reno vation works for the Patriarchal Palace, the Holy Monastery of St Savvas in Alexandria , the Patriarchal Vicariate in Cairo, and the Monastery of St George in Old Cairo. He established the Dioceses of Nigeria, Madagascar, Ghana, Bukoba and Zambia. He reinstated the canonical order of the person of St Nektarios, Metropolitan of Pentapolis. He died suddenly on 11th September 2004, in an aviation accident. 

Preceded by
Parthenius III
Succeeded by
Theodore II

See also

The Orthodox Christian Church in Madagascar
The Orthodox Church of Alexandria & the Patriarchate of Alexandria 
Orthodox Mission in Tropical Africa (& the Decolonization of Africa)


The Orthodox Church in Uganda, an outgrowth of indigenous self discovery
The Orthodox Church in Kenya

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