Nicholas II of Constantinople

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Nicholas II Chrysoberges was Patriarch of Constantinople from 980 until 996.

During his reign, the evangelisation of Russia took place in 988: Nicholas ordained Michael as the first Metropolitan of Russia and sent him, along with six bishops and other clergymen, as missionaries.

Russia was subsequently placed, ecclesistically, under the authority of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

The memory of Nicholas II is celebrated on December 16.