Pope Michael II of Alexandria

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Saint
Michael II of Alexandria
53rd Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
Papacy began 20 November 849
Papacy ended 17 April 851
Predecessor Joseph
Successor Cosmas II
Personal details
Born Egypt
Died 17 April 851
Buried Monastery of Saint Macarius the Great
Nationality Egyptian
Denomination Coptic Orthodox Christian
Residence Saint Mark's Church
Sainthood
Feast day 17 April (22 Baramouda in the Coptic Calendar)

Pope Michael II of Alexandria (Abba Khail II), 53rd Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark.

He was a righteous monk, and he was ordained Hegumen (Archpriest) for the Monastery of the Saint John. Because of his good conduct, they chose him Patriarch, and he was enthroned in the 24th day of Hathor in the Coptic Calendar (November 20th, 849).

When the Holy Fast came, he went to the desert of Scetes to keep the fast there. He remembered his earlier life in the wilderness, so he asked God with tears and supplication saying: "O God, you know how much I love solitary life and I have no aptitude for the position that I am in." The Lord accepted his petition and he departed in peace after the feast of Passover. He stayed on the Chair one year, four months and twenty-eight days.

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Preceded by
Joseph I
Coptic Pope
849–851
Succeeded by
Cosmas II