Friday, March 4, 2011

Patriarch Constantine VI Returns to Constantinople

The remains of Ecumenical Patriarch Constantine VI of Constantinople have been transferred from Athens to Constantinople for burial with the remains of other patriarchs and hierarchs of the Constantinopolitan Orthodox Church in the city. Patriarch Constantine only served for 43 days before being deposed by the Turkish government in early 1925 during the population exchange between Turkey and Greece and subsequently expelled from Turkey.

Although the Church of Constantinople and the Greek government demanded his exemption from the population exchange and return to the Phanar the Turkish government did not consent to this and Patriarch Constantine retired in May 1925 to allow the election of a new patriarch.

May Patriarch Constantine's memory be eternal! More here.

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