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His Beatitude Petros VII
Petros VII (September 3, 1949September 11, 2004) was the Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa from 1997 to 2004.


Petros was born as Petros Papapetrou in Sicharimarker, Kyrenia Districtmarker, Cyprusmarker. He assumed the Patriarchate of Alexandriamarker on March 9, 1997, following his election by the Holy Synod the previous February 21. Before his election, Petros had served as a deacon and a priest, and was consecrated as a bishop in 1983. He had a close rapport with his predecessor, Patriarch Parthenios III of Alexandria and assumed the latter's post after his death in 1996.He reigned as Patriarch for seven years.

His tenure was marked by renewed missionary efforts in Kenyamarker, Uganda, Madagascarmarker, Cameroonmarker, and elsewhere across the African continent.

Petros VII died along with 16 others (including three other bishops of the Church of Alexandria: Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Carthagemarker, Metropolitan Irenaios of Pelusiummarker, and Bishop Nectarios of Madagascarmarker) when the helicopter carrying them crashed into the Aegean Seamarker while en route to the monastic enclave of Mount Athos in Greecemarker. The cause of the crash is still uncertain.

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