Christophorus III

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Christophorus III (Georgian: ქრისტეფორე III, K'ristep'ore III) (March 27, 1873 – January 10, 1932) was a Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia from 1927 until his death.

He was born as Kristepore Tsitskishvili (ქრისტეფორე ციცქიშვილი) near the town of Kharagauli. Having graduated from the Tiflis Theological Seminary in 1895, he served as a priest in the Trans-Caspian region, and later in Georgia. At the same time, he taught theology and Georgian, and was energetically involved in the movement which led to the restoration of autocephaly of the Georgian Orthodox Church in 1917. Christophorus was consecrated as a bishop of Urbnisi (1921–1925) and metropolitan of Abkhazia (1925–1927). Elected as the catholicos-patriarch on June 4, 1927, he had to lead the Georgian church as it withstood harsh pressure from the Soviet authorities.

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Orthodox Church titles
Preceded by
Ambrose
Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia
1927–1932
Succeeded by
Callistratus