Damaskinos (Papandreou) of Andrianople

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His Eminence the Most Reverend Damaskinos (Papandreou) of Andrianople, was a Metropolitan of the Throne of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.


Metropolitan Damaskinos was born in 1936. His education included studies at the Theological School of Halki, the University of Marburg in Germany, and with the Faculty of Theology at the University of Athens. At the University of Athens, he defended his doctoral thesis in 1966.

Metr. Damaskinos participated in the international monastic, ecumenical community of Taizé (Saône-et-Loire) in France, representing the Orthodox Church until he was placed in charge of the Orthodox Center of Chambésy in 1969. On December 6, 1970, he was consecrated to the episcopacy. In 1982, he was appointed to lead the diocese of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Switzerland as Metropolitan of Andrianople with his see in Geneva. He was given the additional responsibility of director of the patriarchal secretariat in charge of the preparations for a future, pan-Orthodox council, a project that was launched at the beginning of the 1960s and under which several preparatory, pan-Orthodox meetings have been organized.

He has authored numerous studies on ecumenism and for many years he has been deeply involved in inter-confessional and inter-religious dialogues with the non-Chalcedonian Churches, Islam, and Judaism. In 1999, he was elected president of the International Academy of Religious Sciences. He recently suffered a cerebral hemorrhage that has forced him to considerably reduce his activities. Metr. Damaskinos was a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens since 1991.

Died on the night of November 5, 2011 in Geneva of a stroke.


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