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