Kristofor Kisi

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Orthodox Primate Kristofor Kisi

Kristofor Kisi (born in Berat in 1881 and died in Tirana in 1948) was the primate of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania from 1937 to 1948. In 1948 he was found dead by poison.

Biography[edit]

Kisi was born in Berat in 1881. In 1937 he became the primate of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, as authorized by the Patriarchate of Constantinople, which recognized the Holy Synod of the Church of Albania in April 1937. During WWII Kisi backed up the initiative of Italy and the Vatican (subsequently aborted) to unite the Orthodox Church with the Uniate Church.[1] Kisi and the OACA high hierarchy, in contrast to the stand of many Orthodox clergy and laity, were supportive to the anti-communist resistance movement after WWII and had previously welcomed the decision from German authorities of extending the jurisdiction of Albanian church to the Diocese of Prizren and newly created bishoprics of Peshkopia and Struga.

Kisi was found dead, as a result of poisoning, in 1948. His place as a primate was taken by communist regime faithful, Pais Vodica.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lucian Leustean (22 December 2009). Eastern Christianity and the Cold War, 1945-91. Routledge. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-203-86594-1. 
  2. ^ Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma and Torture Albania. "Genocidi Mbi Elitën Intelektuale të Kombit Shqiptar".