Veniamin Evsevidis

Veniamin (Benjamin) Evsevidis (Greek: Βενιαμίν Ευσεβίδης), born as Dimitrios Evsevidis (Δημήτριος Ευσεβίδης; 20 June 1821 – 1895 or 1897) was a bishop of the Greek Byzantine Catholic Church.

Veniamin Evsevidis
Church Eastern Orthodox Church, then Greek Byzantine Catholic Church
Diocese Neapolis/Nablus (Eastern Orthodox), Archbishop Emeritus (Catholic)
Installed 3 November 1862
Term ended 1895 or 1897
Personal details
Born 20 June 1821
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Died 1895 or 1897
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Buried Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

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Dimitrios Evsevidis was born in a Greek Orthodox family on 20 June 1821 in Constantinople.[1] He studied at the Great School of the Nation and later at the Halki seminary.[1] On 6 August 1851 he was appointed titular archbishop of Neapolis[2][3] and auxiliary bishop of the metropolis of Dabar-Bosna, based in Sarajevo, then under the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople.[4][5]

His Catholic philosophical tendencies were discovered in a letter intercepted by the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate, and he was charged of apostasy.[1]

In 1858, he was summoned by the patriarchate to Constantinople where, on his own initiative, he was arrested and locked up in the monastery of Rila, in Ottoman Bulgaria.[6][7][8] The pontifical apostolic delegation requested help from the French embassy, and Ambassador Édouard Thouvenel became involved in the liberation of the archbishop, obtaining an order for release from the authorities.[7]

Evsevidis was arrested again in 1861 and locked up in Mount Athos, before being released again thanks to the French intervention.[6]

The sources are not particularly clear, but it seems that for a short time he returned to orthodoxy, but on 3 November 1862 he converted again to Catholicism.[9]

Thanks to the priest Joseph Lepavec, in 1863 he traveled to Rome, where he was confirmed at his home.[1] He was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic bishop of Constantinople, exercising his ministry among the Byzantine-rite Catholics of the city.[6] For most of the rest of his life he lived in Karaköy, in the monastery of a Franciscan convent, celebrating the divine daily liturgy at the church of Saint Anthony of Padua.[7] On June 17, 1867 Evsevidis was appointed assistant prelate to the pontifical throne of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church.[10]

He participated in the First Vatican Council[2][11][12] In 1882 he ordered to the priesthood Isaias Papadopoulos, the future exarch of the Greek Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Istanbul.[13]

He died in 1895[6] or, according to other sources, in 1897[1] and is buried in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit of Istanbul.[1]

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