Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain and Ireland. He became a real spiritual leader for many Russians living in Western Europe and even Russia itself. Born Andrei Borisovich Bloom in Lausanne, he spent his early childhood in Russia and Persia, his father being a member of the Russian Imperial Diplomatic Corps. His mother was the sister of Alexander Scriabin, the composer. During the Russian Revolution the family had to leave Persia, and in 1923 they settled in Paris. Here the future Metropolitan was educated, graduating in physics, chemistry and biology, and taking his doctorate in medicine, at the University of Paris. In 1939, before leaving for the front as a surgeon in the French army, he secretly professed monastic vows, receiving the name of Anthony in 1943. During the occupation of France by the Germans he worked as a doctor and took part in the Resistance. After the war he was practising as a physician until 1948, when he was ordained to the priesthood and sent to England to serve as Orthodox Chaplain. He spent the rest of his life in England, where he became a widely recognised authority on questions of faith, morals and even politics. His grave is a shrine, visited by people from all over the world.
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