2020-11-20 11:37:00

Metropolitan of Tatarstan dies of Covid-19 <>(updated)

Moscow, November 20, Interfax - Metropolitan Feofan of Kazan and Tatarstan died on Friday of complications related to Covid-19, the Metropolitanate of Tatarstan (an internal republic in Russia) said in a statement published on its website.

Metropolitan Feofan was 73 years old.

Over the years, he served at the Russian Orthodox Church's diocese and missions abroad: in the Holy Land, Argentina, and Egypt.

During the 1993 riots, he took an active part in negotiations between the conflicting parties in Moscow, visited the besieged Supreme Council of Russia and asked deputies to send a delegation for talks with representatives of first Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

From 1993 to 1999, Father Feofan held the post of deputy head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, which was headed at that time by Metropolitan Kirill, the currently patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

Father Feofan also served as a bishop in Magadan and later in the North Caucasus. During the hostilities in South Ossetia in August 2008, a convalescent center for injured children opened on the premises of the Alan Women's Monastery of the Epiphany in North Ossetia (a Russian internal republic), on orders from Archbishop Feofan.

Later, he became the archbishop of Chelyabinsk, then the metropolitan of Ulyanovsk, and was appointed the metropolitan of Kazan and Tatarstan and the head of the Tatarstan Metropolitanate on July 13, 2015.