Pope Gabriel VII of Alexandria
Gabriel VII of Alexandria
|95th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark|
|Buried||Saint Mercurius Church in Coptic Cairo|
|Denomination||Coptic Orthodox Christian|
|Residence||Church of the Virgin Mary (Haret Zuweila)|
|Feast day||(10 Epip in the Coptic Calendar)|
|Papal styles of
Saint Gabriel VII
|Reference style||His Holiness|
|Spoken style||Your Holiness|
|Religious style||Pope and Patriarch|
Pope Gabriel VII of Alexandria (Anda Gabriel VII), 95th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark.
He was born in the area around the monastery of El-Mouharraq, and at a young age he became a monk in the wilderness at the Monastery of Saint Macarius the Great. Because of his good conduct and his great righteousness, they ordained him Patriarch after the departure of Pope John XIII (94th Pope). That was in the year 1518 A.D. after the Ottoman conquest.
He remained in the papacy about forty-three years, preaching and teaching the flock. Some of his important accomplishments, were the renovation of the monasteries of Saint Anthony, and Saint Paul, the first hermit, in the Eastern desert, and the monastery of El-Mouharraq in Upper Egypt.
Some people in authority asked him to approve things against the welfare of his flock. The Pope chose to leave his Chair and he went to the Monastery of Saint Anthony, for he desired to keep what the Lord said: "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13) The Lord examined him but he endured thankfully, and received the blessing that the Lord gave for those persecuted for the sake of righteousness. Then, he fell sick for a short illness, and departed in peace.
- Meinardus, Otto F.A. (2002). Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity. American University in Cairo Press. ISBN 978-977-424-757-6.
- Atiya, Aziz S. The Coptic Encyclopedia. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1991. ISBN 0-02-897025-X
- The Official website of the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of All Africa on the Holy See of Saint Mark the Apostle
- Coptic Documents in French
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