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'''Catholicos''' (plural ''Catholicoi'') is a title used by the ruling [[bishop]] of a number of Christian churches in the middle east. Except for the ruling bishop of the [[Church of Georgia]], most of these churches separated themselves from the Orthodox Church as result of the various Christological disputes during the first millennium of Christ’s Church.
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The word Catholicos comes from the Greek καθολικός (Katholikos), pl. καθολικοί, meaning: concerning the whole, universal or general. The title seems to have originated among the churches on the eastern edge of the Roman Empire and within the Persian Empire around the third and fourth centuries. The [[Church of Antioch|Patriarch of Anitoch]] presided over much of this area. By the end of the fifth century almost all the local bishops used the title ''catholicos''. Thus, the word ''catholicos'' at the time was not synonymous with ''patriarch''.
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During the Christological disputes, many of the Catholicates in the middle east came to reject the position of the Orthodox as expressed by the decisions of the [[Ecumenical Councils]], joining principally the [[Nestorianism|Nestorian]] or [[Monophysitism|Monophysitic]] [[heresy|heresies]]. Only the [[Church of Georgia]] remained Orthodox and retains use of Catholicos in the ruling hierarch’s title: His Holiness and Beatitude, Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia.
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==See also==
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*[[Bishop]]
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*[[Patriarch]]
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*[[Primate]]
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*[[Church of Antioch (Syriac)]]
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*[[Church of India]]
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*[[Church of Armenia]]
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*[[Assyrian Church of the East]]
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*[[Catholicosate of Cilicia]]
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*[[Malankara Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church]]
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==Sources==
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholicos Wikipedia: Catholicos]
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*[http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03454a.htm Catholic Encyclopedia: Catholicos]
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[[Category: Clergy]]
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