His Beatitude Petros VII, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all
His Beatitude Petros VII was born in the village of Sichari in
Cyprus on 3 September 1949, In 1966 he was sent from the monastery of Machera to
the Apostle Barnabas Seminary in Nocosia, from which he graduated in 1969. In
August of that year he was ordained deacon at the Holy Monastery of Machera by
Chrysostomos, then bishop of Constantias, who later became Archbishop of Cyprus.
In December 1970 he was invited to the Patriarchate of Alexandria, where he
served as deacon to His Beatitude Nicholas VI, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria,
until September 1974. While there he studied at the Averof Gymnasium, and after
graduating, in 1974, he studied theology at the University of Athens, from which
he graduated in 1978. While studying, he served at the Church of St. Spyridon in
He was ordained priest on 16 August 1978 in Cyprus, and on returning to Egypt
was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite, and appointed to serve as Patriarchal
Vicar in charge of the Patriarchal Office in Cairo.
In October 1980 he was sent to South Africa, where he was appointed priest in
charge of the newly established Church of Panagia Pantanassa in Melrose,
Johannesburg. In June 1983 he was elected Metropolitan of Accra and West Africa,
and was consecrated bishop in August 1983 in his home monastery in Cyprus. The
Archdiocese of Accra and West Africa then covered 22 countries.
In October 1991 as a consequence of Archbishop Anastasios Yannoulatis being
appointed Archbishop of Albania, His Eminence Petros was made Patriarchal Exarch
of the Archdiocese of Irinoupolis (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania), where he served
until December 1994. In November 1994 he was named Metropolitan of Cameroon and
In February 1997 he was elected Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria in
succession to His Beatitude Parthenios III, who had died the previous year. His
Beatitude Petros was enthroned to the ancient See of Alexandria, founded by St.
Mark in the 1st century, on 9 March 1997. He is the 129th Pope in succession to
St. Mark the Evangelist.
Archbishop Makarios of Kenya
Tillyrides, Makarios (ed.) 2002. Yearbook and Review
2002: Orthodox Archbishopric of Kenya and Irinoupolis. Nairobi.
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