|Mesrob II Mutafyan|
|Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople|
|Enthroned||16 march 1998|
|Predecessor||Patriarch Karekin II Kazanjian of Constantinople|
16 June 1965|
Archbishop Mesrob II Mutafyan, also known as Mesrop Mutafyan, (June 16, 1956, Istanbul, Turkey) is the 84th Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople under the authority of the Catholicos of Armenia and of all Armenians.
Mesrob Mutafyan graduated from the American High School in Kornwestheim near Stuttgart, Germany. From 1974 to 1979, he studied philosophy and sociology in Memphis, Tennessee, United States.
On May 13, 1979, he was ordained to priesthood and was commissioned pastor of Kınalıada, one of the Prince's Islands in the Sea of Marmara in İstanbul with a small Armenian community. Between 1979 and 1981, he continued his theological studies in Jerusalem.
On September 21, 1986, Mesrob Mutafyan was elevated to the rank of a Bishop in Echmiadzin, Armenia. From 1982 to 1990, he coordinated the ecumenical relationships of the Patriarchate. He attended the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy in 1988/1989.
Following the death of Patriarch Karekin II Kazanjian of Constantinople, Mesrob Mutafyan was elected locum tenens on March 16, 1998 to serve as the temporary leader of the Church until an election is held. Even though the Turkish local authorities demanded Archbishop of Üsküdar Şahan Sıvaciyan, the retired longest-serving archbishop, should succeed, Mesrob Mutafyan was finally elected the 84th Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople on October 14, 1998 and could take office.
During his apostolic journey to Turkey, Pope Benedict XVI visited also the Surp Asdvadzadzin Patriarchal Church in Kumkapı, İstanbul, where he attended a religious ceremony and held later talks with Patriarch Mesrob II on November 30, 2006.
Karekin II Kazanjian
|Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople