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His All-Holiness Nephon II of Constantinople, also Nifon II, was the Patriarch of Constantinople for two periods, from 1486 to 1488 and then from 1497 to 1498. He was called again, a third time in 1502, but refused the invitation.

He was born on the Peloponnese peninsula of southern Greece. His mother was a noble Greek woman and his father a rich Albanian nobleman. He entered a monastic life as a monk at Epidaurus and later moved to Mount Athos. Before his election as patriarch, he was Archbishop of Thessalonica.

During his tenures as patriarch Nephon was confronted by the many competing power groups within the church that made difficult his attempts to reorganize the patriarchate and that also resulted in his depositions and refusal of a third invitation.

Preceded by:
Symeon I of Trebizond
Patriarch of Constantinople
1486-1488
Succeeded by:
Dionysius I
Preceded by:
Maximus IV
Patriarch of Constantinople
1497-1498
Succeeded by:
Joachim I
Preceded by:
Joachim I]
Patriarch of Constantinople
1502
Succeeded by:
Pachomius II

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