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Patriarch Raphael II of Constantinople

Raphael II
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Church Church of Constantinople
Installed March 1603
Term ended October 1607
Predecessor Matthew II
Successor Neophytus II
Personal details
Previous post Bishop of Mithymna

Raphael II (Greek: Ραφαήλ Β΄) was Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople from 1603 to 1607.[1]



Raphael was Bishop of Mithymna when, in March 1603, he was elected Ecumenical Patriarch.[2] During his patriarchate, he addressed the regulation of many ecclesiastical matters and issued a number of standard provisions. The clashes with the previous Patriarch Neophytus II caused many problems in the Church, to the point that Cyril Lucaris, in a letter to the Bishop of Heraclea Dionysius, wrote that "... Raphael ruled the Patriarchate as a tyrant for more than four years ...".

Raphael showed interest in a possible union with the Western Church and he began a secret correspondence with the Pope.[3] He remained Patriarch until October 1607, when he was forcibly deposed by Sultan Ahmed I and suffered a violent death in exile.


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