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Armenian bishop and the uncle of St. Nerses Lambronazi, he studied under his uncle, the Catholicos Gregory II, and received ordination by his brother, Catholicos Gregory III. Succeeding to the post of Catholicos of the Armenians in 1166, he won the title Chnorhali, “the Gracious’ owing to his goodness, and he possessed many literary skills, including poetical abilities. His time as Catholicos was occupied with improving relations between the Armenian Church and Rome, and between the Armenian Church and the Greek Orthodox.

 


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