Christopher of Albania
|Archbishop of Albania|
|Successor||Paisius of Albania|
|Birth name||Kristofor Kisi|
Berat, Albania (then Ottoman Empire)
|Died||16 June 1958|
The Archbishop of Tirana, Durrës and all Albania
|Reference style||His Beatitude|
|Spoken style||Your Beatitude|
Archbishop Christopher of Albania (Albanian: Kryepeshkopi Kristofori i Shqipërisë, secular name Sotir Kissi; 1881, Berat - June 16, 1959) was the primate of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania from 1937 to 1948. In 1959 he was found dead by poison.
Kisi was born in Berat in 1881. In 1937 he became the primate of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania as successor of Visarion Xhuvani, as authorized by the Patriarchate of Constantinople, which recognized the Holy Synod of the Church of Albania in April 1937. During World War II Kisi backed up the initiative of Italy and the Vatican (subsequently aborted) to unite the Orthodox Church with the Uniate Church. 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 World War II 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.
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- Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma and Torture Albania. "Genocidi Mbi Elitën Intelektuale të Kombit Shqiptar" (PDF).