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JOACHIM I PANY (1487-1567)

           A virtuous and wise man of the church. He was elected Patriarch of Alexandria when he was 38 years old. When Egypt was occupied by the Turk Sultan Selim I (1512-1520), Father Joachim received a guarantee securing all Patriarchal privileges. He maintained communications with the Tsarist dynasty of Russia , from whom he received financial support for the Patriarchal Throne. Through the instigation of the Synod of Constantinople (1544), he appointed that each subsequent Archbishop of Sinai be ordained by the Patriarch of Jerusalem. He died aged 119 (1567). He is honoured as a Saint of the Church.

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