His All-Holiness '''Jeremias III of Constantinople''' was the
patriarch of Constantinople for two periods during the eighteenth century, from 1716 to 1726 and from 1732 to 1733 .
It was during Patr. Jeremias' patriarchate that authorization was given by the Ottoman Sultan to rebuilding the [[Patriarchal Church of Saint George (Phanar)|"Patriarchal Church and House"]] in Constantinople. The restoration of the church continued under later patriarchs, particularly Patr. Paisius II.
Patr. Jeremias became involved in the succession to the patriarchal throne of Antioch. In 1724, he interceded in the election of the patriarch succeeding Patr. [[Athanasius III Dabbas of Antioch|Athanasius III Dabbas]] following his death, by declaring the election of Cyril Tanas, who favored re-establishing communion with the [[Roman Catholic Church]], invalid and [[excommunication|excommunicated]] him. In his stead Jeremias appointed [[ Sylvester of Antioch|Sylvester]], a Greek hieromonk, the patriarch, on the basis of his authority over the Antiochian Patriarchate. This move formalized the split within the Church of Antioch between those who were favorable to union with Rome, led by Cyril VI Tanas, and those who were opposed led by Sylvester, thus creating the present day [[Melkite]] Greek Catholic Church.
before=[[Cosmas II of Alexandria|Cosmas III]]|
title=Patriarch of Constantinople|
*[http://www.ec-patr.org/afieroma/churches/show.php?lang=en Patriarchal Church of St. George]
*[http://www.enotes.com/topic/Melkite_Greek_Catholic_Church Melkite Greek Catholic Church]
[[Category: Patriarchs of Constantinople]]