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His Holiness Sahag II, last name Khabayan (Armenian: Սահակ Բ. Խապայան (Եղեգցի) ) (March 25, 1849-1939), was Catholicos of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church from 1902-1939.

Born in the village of Yeghiki in Kharpert, he received his religious training in Constantinople and Jerusalem. He was Catholicos of Cilicia during the tumultuous years of the Armenian Genocide, and was first exiled from the see's seat in Sis, and then again after relocating to Adana. From 1921 the Catholicos wandered the Middle East from place to place with no permanent home. By 1929 age 80 and weary, and so appealed to the Near East Relief organization for help, who had built several orphanages for orphaned Armenian children fleeing the genocide. One of these orphanages was in the town of Antelias near Beirut, Lebanon, which they leased to the Catholicos for one dollar a year. Sahag also sought to bring his dream for an Armenian theological seminary to life at this site, since all seminarians had been closed or fallen apart after the genocide.

Due to his advanced age, Sahag II encouraged the election of a co-adjutor Catholicos to share his throne. Papken I Guleserian reigned along with Sahag from 1931 until his death in 1936. Sahag II lived on another three years until his death at age 90.

Preceded by
Megerdich I of Cilicia
Catholicoi of the Holy See of Cilicia
1902–1939
Succeeded by
Bedros IV of Cilicia

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