Antony II of Constantinople
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Antony II Kauleas (Greek : Αντώνιος Β΄ Καυλέας, romanized: Antōnios II Kauleas), (? – 1 February 901) was Patriarch of Constantinople from 893 to February 12, 901.
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A monk by age 12, Antony Kauleas became a priest and the abbot of an unnamed monastery. He came to the attention of Stylianos Zaoutzes, the all-powerful minister of Emperor Leo VI. Antony had supported Leo against the former Patriarch Photios I of Constantinople, and had contributed to the pacification of the Church by effecting a compromise between the supporters of Photios and Ignatios. The emperor appointed Antony patriarch after the death of his own brother, Patriarch Stephen I of Constantinople in 893.
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