|Saint Joanikije I
|His Holiness, the Metropolitan of Peć and Archbishop of Serbs|
|Church||Serbian Orthodox Church|
|See||Metropolitanate of Peć|
|Denomination||Eastern Orthodox Christian|
|Canonized||by Serbian Orthodox Church|
After the removal of Archbishop Danilo I in 1272 due to an unknown transgression, the next Serbian Archbishop was chosen with care, as evidenced in the writings of Saint Danilo II: "And because they expected much, they did not find anyone else worthy of such a position, apart from this blessed Joanikije, who at that time was the hegumen of the place of the Virgin Most Holy, the place called Studenica".
During his time at the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Byzantine Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos, who restored the Byzantine Empire in 1261, made a tenuous union with the Western Church at the Second Council of Lyon in 1274. Two years later Stefan Uroš I was overthrown by his son Stefan Dragutin, to whom he had not given half his kingdom as he had promised. At that time, Joanikije withdrew with the king, who soon died as monk Simon. In 1279 in Zahumlje, Archbishop Joanikije died as well. Their relics were buried in Sopoćani monastery by the dead king's wife, Queen Hélène d'Anjou.
|Archbishop of Serbs
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