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Nikodim (Rotov) (1929-1978), metropolitan, clergy figure

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Nikodim (Boris Georgiyevich Rotov; 1929–1978), metropolitan, clergy figure. He studied in the Ryazan Pedagogic Institute. In 1947 he was professed as a monk; in 1949 he became a hieromonk and worked in parishes of the Eparchy of Yaroslavl. From 1952 he was a clergyman of the Feodorovsky Catherdal (from 1954 he was a senior priest ) and secretary of the archbishop of Yaroslavl and Rostov. He was a part-time student: in 1953 he graduated from the Leningrad Seminary, in 1955 he graduated from the Leningrad Ecclesiastical Academy; Doctor of Theology (1959). In 1956 he was a member of the Russian Spiritual Mission in Jerusalem, in 1957 he became the head of the mission. He became a father superior and then he became an archimandrite (1957). From 1959 he worked in the Moscow patriarchate: head of the office; from 1960 to 1972 he was the head of the foreign department of the church; simultaneously (in 1960-1963) he was the chairman of the publishing department and he managed the publishing of the collection ""Theological Works"". He was a bishop ( from 1960), in 1961 he became an archbishop (1961), he was the metropolitan of Minsk and Byelorussia from 1963, then he was the metropolitan of Leningrad and Ladoga (from 1967 he was the metropolitan of Leningrad and Novgorod). He was the chairman of the Commission at the Holy Synod for the ecumenical questions. He strove for the establishing of the extensive foreign contacts of Russian Orthodox Church, he achieved the improvement of the cooperation with the Local Orthodox Churches. He was elected the member of Central Committee of the World Council of Churches after the Russian Orthodox Church was accepted in the World Council of Churches in 1961, in 1975 he was one of presidents of the World Council of Churches. From 1971 to 1978 he was the President of the Christian Peace Conference; from 1974 he was the Patriarch Exarch of West Europe. He was a Magister of Theology (1970) and a Doctor of Theology (1975). He died after the heart attack during the reception at the Pope John Paul I in Rome. He was buried in the Nikolskoye Cemetery of the St Alexander Nevsky Lavra.

Shkarovsky, Mikhail Vitalyevich

John Paul I, pope
Nikodim (Boris Georgiyevich Rotov), metropolitan

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