Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria
Pope Tawadros II
|118th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of All Africa on the Holy Apostolic See of St. Mark the Evangelist of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria|
Pope Tawadros II
|Native name||Tawadros II
Ⲡⲁⲡⲁ Ⲁⲃⲃⲁ Ⲑⲉόⲇⲱⲣⲟⲥ ⲃ̅
البابا تواضروس التانى
|Church||Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria|
|See||See of St. Mark|
|Papacy began||18 November 2012|
|Predecessor||Pope Shenouda III|
|Consecration||15 June 1997|
|Birth name||Wagih Subhi Baqi Sulayman
وجيه صبحى باقى سليمان
4 November 1952 |
Mansoura, Kingdom of Egypt
|Denomination||Coptic Orthodox Christian|
|Residence||Coptic Orthodox Patriarchal Residence|
|Alma mater||University of Alexandria|
Pope Tawadros II (Coptic: Ⲡⲁⲡⲁ Ⲁⲃⲃⲁ Ⲑⲉόⲇⲱⲣⲟⲥ ⲃ̅ [Papa Abba Theódōrōs II]; Arabic: البابا تواضروس الثاني [al-Bābā Tawāḍurūs al-ṯānī, English: Pope Theodorōs the 2nd]) (born November 4, 1952) is the 118th and current Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, succeeding the late Pope Shenouda III as leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. He took office on 18 November 2012, a fortnight after being selected.
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Pope Tawadros II was born Waǧīh Ṣubḥī Bāqī Sulaymān (وجيه صبحى باقى سليمان) 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. After a few years of managing a state-owned pharmaceutical factory, he joined the Monastery of Saint Pishoy in Wadi Natrun to study theology for two years. He was ordained priest in 1989.
On 15 June 1997, he was consecrated as a general bishop by his predecessor as Pope, Shenouda III, with the Greek name of Theodoros, which translates to Tawadros in Coptic or Theodore in English. Arabic spelling: تاوضروس. He was assigned to serve in the Eparchy of Behira in the northwestern Delta.
Views and issues
Tawadros has stated that the 2011 Egyptian revolution was a turning point in the Coptic Church's relations with its youth. Amongst his first tasks is the issue of Egypt's changing political landscape, given the new constitution and more independent-minded congregants who seek their demands outside the church in dealing with the state.
In July 2013, after chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, was given the task of "running the country's affairs during the transitional period until the election of a new president", Tawadros made a short televised speeches about the new roadmap for Egypt's future that agreed with the army's actions.
The papal selection process began several weeks before the 4 November selection. About 2,400 clergymen and others shortlisted three candidates: Bishop Tawadros, former aide to Metropolitan Pachomios; Bishop Raphael; and Father Raphael Ava Mina, a monk in a monastery near Alexandria and disciple of 116th Pope Cyril VI.
The ceremony to choose the pope from the three consensus candidates was held at Cairo's St. Mark's Cathedral at about noon and featured a marked police presence. Prior to the selection, Metropolitan Pachomios, locum tenens of the Church, sealed the chalice with the names with red wax and put it upon the altar as he led the Divine Liturgy. He then told the congregation: "We will pray that God will choose the good shepherd." Following a moment of silence, a blindfolded boy then picked Tawadros's name from the chalice. The thousands of congregants in attendance then erupted in ovation, tears or prayer. In reaction Tawadros II said, from the monastery at Wadi Natrun: "[We] will start by organising the house from within. It is a responsibility. Most important is...that the church, as an institution, serves the community." Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi congratulated Tawadros and called for Egyptian "unity" and "brotherly love" between Copts and Muslims.
Pope Tawadros II started his papacy amid multiple changes in Egypt. He said that the Orthodox Church is committed to keeping Article 2 of Egypt’s draft constitution intact, as it was in the old constitution  and ended supporting the withdrawal of the Egyptian churches from Egypt’s Constituent Assembly despite efforts by the presidency to convince them to return. Bishop Raphael, who came first in the election stage of papal selection, was appointed general secretary of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
2013 Vatican City visit
On 8 May 2013, Pope Tawadros II, pope and patriarch of the See of St. Mark and leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, met with Pope Francis, bishop of Rome and supreme pontiff of the Catholic Church, in Vatican City. This was the first meeting of the two recently elected church leaders and only the second papal gathering in Italy in 1,500 years. The last visit of a Coptic pope to the Vatican occurred on 10 May 1973 when then-Pope Shenouda III met with then-Pope Paul VI where they signed an important Christological declaration with the ambition to initiate ecumenical dialogue between the two ancient churches.
On 10 May 2013, Pope Tawadros II and Pope Francis held a shared prayer followed by a reception with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and other dicasteries of the Roman Curia. Pope Tawadros II also visited the tombs of Apostle Peter, the first bishop of Rome and pope of the Catholic Church, and Apostle Paul. Additionally, Pope Tawadros II visited the Coptic community in neighbouring Rome, Italy.
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- Link: http://www.copticpope.org. Although the site is mostly in Arabic, the Papal Residence is briefly mentioned in English at the bottom of the Home Page.
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- Army ousts Egypt's President Morsi
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- Al-monitor Coptic Pope Warns of Extremism In Egypt's Constituent Assembly
- All Africa Egypt: Pope Tawadros Receives Presidential Staff Head
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