He sought refuge in Constantinople , to save himself from the persecutions by the Arabs. He interfered in the issues of unity between the Churches, during the reign of Michael Palaiologos, whose successor. Andronikos II Palaiologos called a Synod in Constantinople , under the Chairmanship of Patriarch Athanasios, on the condemnation of the unity by the Synod of Lyon. The traumatic state of the Church of Constantinople and the danger from the Arabs, forced him to remain in the Monastery belonging to Sinai, in Crete , where he fell asleep.