The Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria is the Successor of Saint Mark the Apostle and the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. Following the Holy Tradition of the Church, the Pope is chairman and head of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria as a first among equals. This organization is the highest authority in the Church of Alexandria. It formulates the rules and regulations regarding matters of the church’s organization, faith, and order. The Pope is also the chairman of the church’s General Congregational Council (Al Majlis al Milli).
Although historically associated with the city of Alexandria, the residence and Seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria has been located in Cairo since 1047. The Pope is currently established in Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, in a compound which includes the Patriarchal palace, with an additional residence at the Monastery of Saint Pishoy in the wilderness of Shiheet.
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II
The 118th Coptic Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, Pope Tawadros II was born on 4 November 1952 in the city of Mansoura in Egypt. He studied at the University of Alexandria, where he received a degree in pharmacy in 1975. In 1985, he received at fellowship in world health from England and a bachelor degree in theology from the Theological College in Alexandria. After a few years of managing a state-owned pharmaceutical factory, he joined the Monastery of Saint Pishoy in Wadi Natrun and was ordained priest in 1989.
On 15 June 1997, he was consecrated as a general bishop by his predecessor, Pope Shenouda III, was assigned to serve as Assistant Bishop to His Eminence Metropolitan Bakhomious in the Eparchy of Behira in the northwestern Delta.
His Holiness is an author of 12 books on Christian Theology. On November 4, 2012 (his 60th birthday) the Grace of God chose His Holiness through the Altar Ballot to be the 118th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. His Holiness was enthroned on November 18, 2012.