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David V (Georgian: დავით V, born as Khariton Devdariani (ხარიტონ დევდარიანი) (April 6, 1903 — November 9, 1977) was a Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia from July 2, 1972, until his death. His full title was His Holiness and Beatitude, Archbishop of Mtskheta-Tbilisi and Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia.

Born in the village of Mirotsminda (now Kharagauli municipality, Imereti), David became a priest in 1927 and a bishop in 1956. From 1959 to 1972 he served as a chorbishop to Catholicos-Patriarch Ephraim II, upon whose death he succeeded as the prelate of the Georgian Orthodox Church.

David V’s ascension to the patriarchal sea was followed by some controversy. Unlike his predecessor Ephraim II, who frequently appealed to the Georgian patriotism, David never gained popularity because of his perceived loyalty to the Soviet regime. Furthermore, Georgian dissidents suspected the Soviet security (KGB) was involved in David’s election by rigging it and destroying Ephraim's will which had allegedly endorsed Bishop Ilia of Sukhumi and Abkhazia as his successor. Georgian nationalist underground claimed in their samizdat publications corruption and moral depravity flourished in the church under David V who was also accused of being involved, along with the Georgian Communist party officials and the Russian KGB, in robbery of the Georgian church treasures.[1]

David V died in Tbilisi and was buried at the Sioni Cathedral in 1977. He was succeeded by Ilia II, whom the Soviets had allegedly tried to keep out of office.[1]

Reference

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ramet, Sabrina P. (1989), Religion and Nationalism in Soviet and East European Politics, pp. 35-6. Duke University Press, ISBN 0822308916
Preceded by
Ephraim II
Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia
1972 — 1977
Succeeded by
Ilia II

ka:დავით V, კათოლიკოსი ru:Давид V (Девдариани)

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