His Beatitude '''Parthenios III of Alexandria''' was elected [[patriarch]] in February 1987 and was the 113th of the historical [[see]] of [[Alexandria]]. He was also one of the eight presidents of the [[World Council of Churches]], based in Geneva.
He took his [[Monasticism|monastic]] vows under the name "Parthenios" in 1919, was [[ordination|ordained]] [[deacon]] and later [[priest]]. He was appointed chief secretary to the [[Synod]] of the [[Patriarchate of Alexandria]]. From 1953 to 1959, he served as president of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Patriarchal Library of Alexandria and became a permanent member of the Patriarchal publications. In 1958 he was elected [[Metropolitan]] of Carthage in the diocese of Tripoli, Libya, and became a permanent member of the Synod of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria. In 1968, he was elected member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), and became a WCC president in 1991.