He was the first graduate of the Seminary of Antelias of the Catholicossate. Before his election as Catholicos of Cilicia, he served as Primate of Aleppo, Syria for 16 years. He was elected during very acrimonious times between various Armenian political factions that had left the position vacant for around 4 years since the death of the Catholicoss Karekin I in 1952.
He was elected in 1956 and tried to restore some harmony between various factions, particularly after the inter-Armenian strife in Lebanon in 1958.
Karekin I (Cilicia)
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