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Catholicos Patriarch Ilia II celebrates 77th birthday

2011-01-03 14:53

12019.jpegTomorrow, on January 4, Catholicos Patriarch of all Georgia, archbishop of Mtskheta and Tbilisi and metropolitan of Tskhum-Abkhaz and Pitsunda Ilia II celebrates his 77th birthday.


He was born on January 4, 1933 in a family of Georgian migrants in the town of Ordzhonikidze (present-day Vladikavkaz) of North Ossetia. Upon leaving school he first entered Moscow Theological Seminary and then Moscow Theological Academy. He was ordained to hieromonch Irakli in 1959.

A year later he got back to his motherland to serve in Batumi cathedral. Then, another year later he was promoted to hegumen and then to archimandrite. And in summer 1963 then Catholicos Patriarch Efrem II appointed him the bishop of Shemokhmedi.

In 1967 bishop Ilia was transferred to the Abkhaz eparchy and two years later he was elevated to the rank of metropolitan. Eventually, on December 23, 1977 he was elected Catholicos Patriarch of all Georgia. Enthronization took place two days later.

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