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.
- (Georgian) Catholicoi and Patriarchs of Georgia. Orthodoxy.Ge
|Orthodox Church titles|
|Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia