Nikos Magginas, the personal photographer of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople died on Saturday.
Magginas had recently been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Who was Nikos Magginas
The people who knew him all talk about his exceptional character.
He was described as a man of love and trust, generous to those who asked him for something, and a devoted soul to the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Patriarch himself.
Magginas had a truly great soul, and was a real ”lord” of the Roman (Greek) community of Istanbul. A man with courtesy, ethos, principles, and extremely delicate humor.
The Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, Elpidophoros, also posted a tweet about Magginas.
You left too soon, Niko, but you will never leave our beloved City and Fanari, nor our Patriarch. You served them all with exemplary, effective, and sacrificial devotion. Eternal is your memory and example. Your camera’s flash may be extinguished, but your gaze lives on. pic.twitter.com/TN8pPnHlqj
— Elpidophoros (@Elpidophoros) April 10, 2021
”You left too soon, Niko, but you will never leave our beloved City and Fanari, nor our Patriarch. You served them all with exemplary, effective, and sacrificial devotion. Eternal is your memory and example. Your camera’s flash may be extinguished, but your gaze lives on,” were the touching words of the Archbishop.
Elpidophoros knew Magginas very well since he was also a member of the family of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople for years.
What is the Ecumenical Patriarchate?
The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is one of the fourteen to sixteen autocephalous churches that together compose the Eastern Orthodox Church. It is headed by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, currently Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople.
It promotes the expansion of the Christian faith and Orthodox doctrine, and the Ecumenical Patriarchs are involved in ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, charitable work, and the defense of Orthodox Christian traditions. Prominent issues for the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s policy in the 21st century include the safety of the believers in the Middle East, reconciliation of the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic churches, and the reopening of the Theological School of Halki.