Removed date of tonsure because it was in the year of his birth.
, ''' Patriarch 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 monastic vows under the name
of Parthenios in 1919, was 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 ]], and became a WCC president in 1991.
The patriarch was the author of many theological essays published in numerous international reviews. Patriarch Parthenios III died of a heart attack on July 23 1996, aged 76, during a visit to Greece. The funeral was held July 30 at the
cathedral church of St. Nicholas in Cairo, Egypt.
[[Category:Patriarchs of Alexandria]]