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Athenagoras I, Patriarch
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(Mar 25, 1886, Vasilikon, Epirus – Jul 7, 1972, Istanbul). The ecumenical patriarch Athenagoras I (born Aristokles Spyrou) was the son of a physician. After completing his theological studies at the seminary on Halki (1910), he was ordained hierodeacon and assigned administrative duties in the metropoly of Pelagonia. In 1919, after half a year on Athos, he became First Secretary of the Holy Synod in Athens. Ordained priest in 1922 and bishop shortly afterwards, he proved himself a…

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Hauptmann, Peter, “Athenagoras I, Patriarch”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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