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Παρασκευή, 30 Ιουλίου 2021

The metropolitan of Kinshasa Nikiforos dies at the age of 72 († July 27, 2021)


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Metropolitan of Kinshasa Nikiforos passed away today, Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at the age of 72. The hierarch - who belonged to the Patriarchate of Alexandria - had been infected by Covid-19 and was intubated in his hospital in Congo due to underlying diseases of the lungs and heart, and was transported by plane to the “Papanikolaou” hospital in Thessaloniki at the expense of the Political Commander of Mount Athos.  Athanasios Martinou.
According to information from Romfea.grMetropolitan of Kananga Theodosios is taking over as "Topotiritis" of the Holy Metropolis of Kinshasa .
When the Patriarch of Alexandria Theodoros II learned that Metropolitan Nikiforos had fallen asleep in the Lord, he performed the Holy Trisagion for the repose of his soul. Patriarch Theodoros later declared: “A remarkable official of the Patriarchate and an excellent figure of the Church”.

The Metropolitan of Kinshasa, Reverend and Exarch of the whole of the Equator, the venerable Nikiforos (according to George Constantinou) was born in Thessaloniki in 1949.

After graduating from the Practical High School in Thessaloniki, he studied at the Church Tutoring Center in Thessaloniki (1967-1969).

In 1975 he graduated from the Theological Faculty of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, while in 1999 he received his doctorate from the Theological Faculty of the same University.

In 1971 he was tonsured a monk in the Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegian Monastery of the Holy Trinity of Tzagarolon, Chania. He was ordained a deacon on August 22nd of the same year.

In 1977 he retired to Mount Athos, was appointed professor at the Athonias Ecclesiastical Academy and afterwards as assistant scholar, and in 1988 at the proposal of the Holy Community of Mount Athos by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Scholars.

In 1978 he was ordained an Elder by Theophilos. Bishop Chrysostom of Rodostolus, and was consecrated as Archimandrite by the Metropolitan of Ierissos and Mount Athos, Fr. Nikodemos.

In 1997 he left the school of Athonias and at the invitation of the Archbishop Anastasios of Albania, he took over the organization of the first ecclesiastical lyceum in Argyrokastro.

Since 2006 he has worked in the administration of the Orthodox University of the Congo “Agios Athanasios the Athonite”, where he also taught.

He wrote many scientific studies and participated in various conferences in Greece and abroad.

On October 7th, 2010 he was elected Metropolitan of Central Africa by the Holy Synod at the suggestion of the Pope and Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and All Africa.
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