Left: Phillipidis Chrysanthos.  Right: 30th of July 1916, Phillipidis Chrysanthos pleading to Russian Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolayevitch to protect the Greeks of Pontos


Τhe Archbishop of Athens Chrysanthos or Chrysanthos Phillipidis also known as Charilaos Phillipidis was born in Gratini, Rhodope in 1881 and died in Athens in 1949. He was a Greek theologian, religious hierarch and an academic.

In 1903 he became a deacon and began his service in the Metropolis of Trebizond as a teacher at the Secondary School of the city, where he taught religious classes.

He studied theology at the school of Halki then transferred to Lausanne in Switzerland and then to Leipzig in Germany. In 1913 he was elected as the Μetropolite of Trebizond in Pontos, He was involved with protecting the rights of the Greeks and Armenians of the region and was therefore condemned to death by the Turkish forces.

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The book: Χρύσανθος: Ο Αρχιερέας-Εθνάρχης των Ποντίων