Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa
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Metrophanes Kritopoulos
Church Eastern Orthodox Church
See Alexandria
Enthroned 1636
Reign ended 1639
Predecessor Gerasimus Ι
Successor Nicephorus
Personal details
Birth name Metrophanes Kritopoulos
Born ca. 1589
Veria, Ottoman Empire
Died 30 May 1639
Wallachia, Ottoman Empire
Occupation Theology, Greek literature, and philosophy

Mêtrophanês Kritopoulos, sometimes Critopoulos, Critopoulus, Kritopulus (Greek: Μητροφάνης Κριτόπουλος, ca. 1589–30 May 1639)[1] was a Greek[2] monk and theologian who served as Greek Patriarch of Alexandria between 1636 and 1639.


Metrophanes Kritopoulos was a Greek[3][4] born in Veria Macedonia in 1589. Originally a monk on Mount Athos, he was a close associate of Cyril Lucaris. He studied at the University of Oxford in England and in Germany. He traveled to Europe and mingled with the greatest scholars and theologians of his day. He made Orthodoxy known in the West and was particularly concerned with the problem of unifying the Orthodox Church with the churches of Western Europe[5]. He taught Greek in Vienna (1627 - 1630). He was elected patriarch of Alexandria on 1636, where he put together an important library. He died in Wallachia on 1639.


Metrophanes Kritopoulos in 1627


  1. "Metrophanes Kritopoulos.". Retrieved 2009-August-25. "Metrophanes Kritopoulos Greek patriarch and theologian - born 1589, Beroea, Macedonia, Ottoman Empire died May 30, 1639, Walachia" 
  2. Eliade, Mircea – Adams, Charles J. (1987). The Encyclopedia of religion. Macmillan. p. 189. ISBN 0029097304. "He also exchanged letters with George Abbot, archbishop of Canterbury, and in 1617 he sent a young Greek monk, Metrophanes Kritopoulos (1589-1639), to study at Oxford. Kritopoulos remained in England until 1624, later becoming patriarch of Alexandria (1636-1639)." 
  3. Davey, Colin (1987). Pioneer for unity: Mētrophanēs Kritopoulos (1589-1639) and relations between the Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Reformed churches. British Council of Churches. p. 209. ISBN 0851691528. "Critopulus, a Greek, now residing at Altdorf" 
  4. Hibbert, Christopher - Hibbert, Edward (1988). The encyclopaedia of Oxford. Macmillan. p. 26. ISBN 033339917X. "early 17th century for a succession of Greek members, including Metrophanes Kritopoulos (subsequently Patriarch of Alexandria)," 
  5. "Metrophanes Kritopoulos.". Retrieved 2009-August-25. "Metrophanes Kritopoulos Greek patriarch and theologian - born 1589, Beroea, Macedonia, Ottoman Empire died May 30, 1639, Walachia, Ottoman Empire - Greek Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt, and theologian whose discussions with European Protestants concluded with his writing an exposition of Eastern Orthodox doctrine in an attempt at Christian unity." 

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Preceded by
Gerasimus I
Greek Patriarch of Alexandria
Succeeded by
bg:Митрофан Критопулос

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