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Patriarch Alexy II

Born: 1929-02-23 - Died: 2008-12-05
Cause of Death:
Heart Failure


Death Summary: On December 5, 2008 Alexey died at his residence in Peredelkino, just outside Moscow. It is believed that his death was caused by heart failure.

In result to his death, the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Walter Cardinal Kasper said,"He was instrumental in fostering the enormous growth of dioceses, parishes, monasteries and educational institutions which have given new life to a Church sorely tested for so long. I recall my many meetings with His Holiness, who always made a point of expressing his goodwill towards the Holy Father and his desire to strengthen collaboration with the Catholic Church. His personal commitment to improving relations with the Catholic Church, in spite of the difficulties and tensions which from time to time have emerged, has never been in doubt. We join the hierarchy and faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church in commending Patriarch Alexis to our heavenly Father's eternal love, that he may be rewarded for his long and dedicated ministry to the Church he loved."

Who was Patriarch Alexy II : Alexey was the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and of All-Russia and the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.

He was chosen to become the new Patriarch of The Russian Orthodox Church after the death of Patriarch Pimen I in 1990. Archbishishop Chrysostom (Martyshkin) told why Alexey was selected, "With his peaceful and tolerant disposition Patriarch Aleksi will be able to unite us all."

It’s often alleged that Alexey had been a KGB (Committee for State Security) agent, going by the code name DROZDOV. Some believe that he was just an honorary member, given the status by the KGB chairman in 1988.

On April 27, 2007 it was reported by some Russian media that Alexey was in serious condition, some even reported his death. This was proven to be a hoax, in hopes to upset the reconciliation of the Russian Church inside of Russia with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Alexy was quoted as saying, “As you can see, I'm healthy, I'm serving, I'm alive”.
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4 Signatures in Patriarch Alexy II's guestbook

  1. Very Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes Says:

    May our God Eternal Memory to the newly departed
    His All-Holiness, Patriarch Alexy in His Kingdom.

    Peace to your souls!

    Humbly in Christ our Lord,
    +Archimandrite Nektarios (Serfes)
    Who prays for you and with you!

  2. orthodox Says:

    aloho mchaselog may you rest in peace

  3. Nurul Says:

    he simultaneously clmais to be Archbishop of North America and acknowledges another bishop as having the same jurisdiction.That isn’t my read of this document. It seems as if Abp Alexander is welcoming Bishop (later Archbishop) Alexander Demoglou and the GOA as the only valid and canonical head of the Hellenic Mission (for care of the spiritual interests of citizens and former citizens of the Kingdom of Greece). That is, he seems to be accepting Bp Alexander as filling a role similar to that held by St. Raphael for the Syrians and that had been envisioned for Arch. Sebastian Dabovich and the Serbs. Whether the Greeks understood or accepted this perspective is a different question, but Abp Alexander states twice in this short letter that Bp Alexander is being welcomed as the head in America, North and South, of the interests of the Hellenic members of our Holy Faith , and those members alone.This document does undercut Patriarch Alexy I of Moscow’s contention that without the knowledge and canonical approval of the Russian Orthodox Church, a Greek Archdiocese was founded in America , but it does not prove that Abp Alexander or the ROC accepted a parallel, separate jurisdiction to itself under either the Church of Greece or the EP.

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