Christopher of Albania

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Archbishop of Albania
Archbishop Kristofor Kisi.jpg
Term ended1948
PredecessorVisarion Xhuvani
SuccessorPaisius of Albania
Personal details
Birth nameKristofor Kisi
Berat, Albania (then Ottoman Empire)
Died16 June 1958[1]
Styles of
The Archbishop of Tirana, Durrës and all Albania
Kisha Ortodokse e Shqipërisë.svg
Reference styleHis Beatitude
Spoken styleYour Beatitude
Religious styleArchbishop
Posthumous styleN/A

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.[2] 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.

Kisi was found dead, as a result of poisoning, in 1958. His place as a primate was taken by Communist regime faithful, Pais Vodica.[3]


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