- Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria
Petros VII (
September 3, 1949– September 11, 2004) was the Eastern Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa from 1997 to 2004.
Petros was born as Petros Papapetrou in Sichari,
Kyrenia District, Cyprus. He assumed the Patriarchateof Alexandriaon March 9, 1997, following his election by the Holy Synod the previous February 21. Before his election, Petros had served as a deacon and a priest, and was consecrated as a bishop in 1983. He had a close rapport with his predecessor, Patriarch Parthenios III of Alexandria and assumed the latter's post after his death in 1996.He reigned as Patriarch for seven years.
His tenure was marked by renewed missionary efforts in
Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Cameroon, and elsewhere across the African continent.
Petros VII died along with 16 others (including three other bishops of the Church of Alexandria: Metropolitan Chrysostomos of
Carthage, Metropolitan Irenaios of Pelusium, and Bishop Nectarios of Madagascar) when the helicoptercarrying them crashed into the Aegean Seawhile en route to the monastic enclave of Mount Athosin Greece. The cause of the crash is still uncertain.
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