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His Holiness Mar Gewargis III.

  • TitleHis Holiness
  • nameMar Gewargis Sliwa
  • FunctionCatholicos-Patriarch of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East
  • PredecessorsMar Dinkha IV. Khanania (1976-2015)


Mar Gewargis III., Katholikos-Patriarch der Kirche Mar Gewargis (George) III., 121st Catholicos-Patriarch of Seleukia-Ctesiphon, born 1941 as Daniel Sliwa in Habbaniya (Iraq). Ordination for priesthood 1980. 1981 elected Metropolitan of Baghdad. Episcopal Ordination Pentecost 1981 in Chicago. He remained in Baghdad under the regime of Saddam Hussein and after the US-led invastion into Iraq. Besides his obligations as Metropolitan of Baghdad, in 1994 he started to rebuild the Apostolic Church of the East in Russia, which had broken down after the revolution of 1917. He is also ecumenically active in the „Middle East Council of Churches“ (MECC).