George VI of Armenia
Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians
|Church||Armenian Apostolic Church|
|See||Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin|
|Predecessor||Khoren I of Armenia|
Gheorg Khachaturovich Cheorekchian (or Tcheorekdjian)
December 2, 1868
|Died||May 9, 1954 (aged 85)|
Etchmiadzin, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
|Buried||Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin|
The position had remained vacant from 1938 to 1945 because of the Joseph Stalin purges against religion, culminating in the murder of the then catholicos Khoren I in 1938. Etchmiadzin was ordered closed and the position of Catholicos of All Armenians remained vacant for 7 years from 1938 to 1945.
But when Stalin himself ordered easing of restrictions against religion, it was allowed for the assignment of Bishop Gevork as new Catholicos of All Armenians as Gevork VI (also known as George VI of Armenia) and was eventually allowed to return to Etchmiadzin.
During the Soviet regime, the press praised George VI as one of the most outstanding supporters of the "struggle for peace".
He died in 1954 and a new catholicos Vazgen I was elected in 1955 as Catholicos of All Armenians.
George VI is buried near the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin.
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