Saint Fana

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Saint Fana (also known as Abu Fana, Abu Fanah, or Apa Bane) (c. 354-395) was an Egyptian Christian hermit. A monastery in the diocese of Mallawi, Upper Egypt, is named after him.

Saint Fana was born to a Christian family in Memphis. He became an anchorite due to the inspiration of the Western Desert hermits he visited as a young man.[1]

Ancient sources such as and Sozomen's Church Hisotory (Historia Ecclesiastica) make reference to a hermit called Benus or Banus who can be identified as Saint Fana, and who lived in the area where the monastery of Saint Fana was later built.

Fana also became noted for his knowledge of the Psalms and would ultimately be linked to miracles.[2]

He is noted for his ascetic life and concern for the poor. He also reportedly predicted the date of Theodosius I's death.[3] The monastery dedicated to him is one of the oldest in Egypt.[4]

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  1. ^ Otto F.A. Meinardus (1999). Two thousand years of Coptic Christianity. American University in Cairo Press. p. 215. 
  2. ^ Jill Kamil, Jill Kamil (2002). Christianity in the land of the pharaohs: the Coptic Orthodox Church. Google Books. pp. 265–266. Retrieved 26 August 2010. , Sīrat al-Qidīs Abū Fānā al-Mutawahid (Biography of Saint Abū Fānā the Hermit), Bishopric of Mallawī, 1998, reprinted in 2008.
  3. ^ Otto Friedrich August Meinardus (1999). Two thousand years of Coptic Christianity. American University in Cairo Press. p. 215. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Roger S. Bagnall. Egypt in the Byzantine world, 300-700. p. 166. Retrieved 26 August 2010. , Rene-Georges Coquin and Maurice Martin in the Coptic Encyclopedia, Macmillan Publishing Company, 1991, Vol. 3, p.698-700

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