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|6th April, 1886
|7th July, 1972
Athenagoras I was born in the village of Vasiliko, near Ioannina, Epirus. He was initially the Greek archbishop in North America, was the 268th Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, from 1948 to 1972. Athenagoras devoted himself to religion at an early age due to the encouragement he received from his mother and a priest from his village. After completing his secondary education in 1906, he entered the Holy Trinity Theological School at Halki, near Istanbul, and was ordained a deacon in 1910. Upon graduating, he was tonsured a monk, given the name Athenagoras, and ordained to the diaconate. He served as archdeacon of the Diocese of Pelagonia before becoming the secretary to Archbishop Meletius of Athens in 1919.
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