Demetrios I of Constantinople

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Demetrios I
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Installed July 16, 1972
Term ended October 2, 1991
Predecessor Athenagoras I
Successor Bartholomew I
Personal details
Birth name Demetrios Papadopoulos
Born (1914-09-08)September 8, 1914
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey)
Died October 2, 1991(1991-10-02) (aged 77)
Phanar, Istanbul, Turkey
Denomination Eastern Orthodox Church

Demetrios I also Dimitrios I or Demetrius I, born Demetrios Papadopoulos (September 8, 1914 – October 2, 1991) was the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople from July 16, 1972, to October 2, 1991. Before his election as Patriarch he served as Metropolitan Bishop of Imvros. He was born and died in Istanbul, Turkey.

Role in ecumenism

On November 30, 1979, he proclaimed the establishment of the official theological dialogue between the Orthodox and the Catholic Church, at that time led by Pope John Paul II. He also met with two different Archbishops of Canterbury.

In 1987, he travelled to the Vatican where he was received by John Paul II. At a solemn ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica, the Patriarchs of East and West together recited, in Greek, the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed of the Church as originally expressed i.e. without the filioque clause.

Eastern Orthodox Church titles
Preceded by
Athenagoras I
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Succeeded by
Bartholomew I
Regnal titles
Preceded by
New office
Co-Head of State of Mount Athos
Succeeded by
Bartholomew I