Pope Simeon II of Alexandria

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Saint
Simeon II of Alexandria
51st Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
Papacy began 830
Papacy ended 19 October 830
Predecessor James
Successor Joseph I
Personal details
Born Alexandria, Egypt
Died 19 October 830
Buried Saint Mark's Church
Nationality Egyptian
Denomination Coptic Orthodox Christian
Residence Saint Mark's Church
Sainthood
Feast day 19 October (9 Babah in the Coptic Calendar)


Pope Simeon II of Alexandria, 51st Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark.

This saint was the son of Orthodox Christian parents of the nobles of Alexandria, Egypt. He nursed the milk of the faith from his childhood and he learned the doctrines of the church. He chose for himself the monastic life, so he went to the desert of Scetes. He became a monk in the cell of his predecessor James, the Patriarch. He dwelt with Pope James for many years during which he exhausted his body by strenuous ascetic life, and many worships.

When Mark II became a Patriarch, he requested St. Simeon from his spiritual father Pope James for what was known of his good reputation and his sound judgement. He stayed with Pope Mark II until his departure. When Pope James, his spiritual father, became patriarch, he kept St. Simeon II with him and he benefitted from him often. When Pope James departed, the bishops, priests, and elders unanimously agreed with a spiritual unity to bring forward this father for what they had seen of him (as to righteousness and Orthodox Faith) during his stay with the two Patriarchs who proceeded him. They seized him, bound him and ordained him a Patriarch. He perused an angelic life, which was well-pleasing to the Lord. And, as God wished to repose him, he did not stay on the throne but for five and a half months and departed in peace.

Preceded by
Jacob
Coptic Pope
830
Succeeded by
Joseph I