Ecumenical Patriarch Callinicus III

Callinicus III is a unique case of an Ecumenical Patriarch due to the fact that he was Patriarch for a single day. He was Bishop of Heracleia and a very ambitious man who could use any mean in order to become a Patriarch. He had tried many times unsuccessfully to seize the throne. In 1757 he plotted with some high ranking Greek civil servants against the incumbent Patriarch Cyril V and by bribing the Grand Vizier Köprülü Mehmed Pasha managed to depose his rival and ascend the Throne as Patriarch Callinicus III. His Patriarchate lasted only for hours though because he died from a sudden heart attack when he heard that he had indeed been elected.

Preceded by Cyril V

Patriarch of Constantinople 1757

Succeeded by Serapheim II

List of Patriarchs of Constantinople

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