Patriarch Meletius IV of Constantinople

Meletius IV () born as Emmanuel Metaxakis (Εμμανουήλ Μεταξάκης.) was Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople from 1921 till 1923. A known supporter of Greek Prime Minister E. Venizelos, he served as Bishop in Cyprus, until he was elected Archbishop of Athens following King Constantine I's abdication, replacing Archbishop Theocletus I, a known Royalist. Two years later King Constantine I was restored to the throne, Archbishop Meletius was ousted, and former Archbishop Theocletus I was reinstated. In 1921 he was elected Ecumenical Patriarch. He resigned in 1923 following the defeat of the Greek Army in Asia Minor. Some years later he was elected Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria. He died in 1935.

The village of his birth in Ierapetra was renamed to Metaxochori (village of Metaxakis)

Preceded by: Germanus V

Patriarch of Constantinople 1921 - 1923

Succeeded by: Gregory VII

Preceded by: Photius

Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria 1926 - 1935

Succeeded by: Nicholas V

See also

List of Patriarchs of Constantinople

Greek Popes of the Roman Catholic Church

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