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The Metropolitan Elder '''John (Rinne) of Nicea''', of a titular [[see]] of the [[Church of Constantinople]], was the Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland from 1987 to 2001 when he resigned and was transferred by the Patriarchate of Constantinople to the
honor of the post of metropolitan of Nicaea.
Elder John was born in Turku, Finland
in the year 1923. He pursued his theological education in Finland, New York, England, Greece, and the Soviet Union. He received a doctorate in theology from the University of Finland in 1966 and from Aristotle University of Thessalonica in 1971. After graduation he taught theology at a number of high schools and universities in Finland.
In 1967, he was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]] at the [[Monastery of St. John the Theologian (Patmos, Greece)|Monastery of St. John the Theologian]] on the Island of Patmos. Subsequently, he was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] and then [[priest]] at the patriarchate in Istanbul. On [[May 26]], 1969, Fr. John was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] Bishop of Lapland, an [[auxiliary bishop]] of the Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland. In October 1987, Bp. John was elected Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland, a position he held until he voluntarily resigned in 2001.
*[http://www.ec-patr.org/hierarchs/show.php?lang=gr&id=4 Ec=patr: Elder John of Nicea] In Greek