Pope Gabriel II of Alexandria

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Gabriel II of Alexandria
Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
Papacy began 3 February 1131
Papacy ended 5 April 1145
Predecessor Macarius II
Successor Michael V
Personal details
Born Cairo, Egypt
Died 5 April 1145
Buried Monastery of Saint Macarius the Great
Nationality Egyptian
Denomination Coptic Orthodox Christian
Residence The Hanging Church

Pope Gabriel II of Alexandria, 70th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. He is commemorated in the Coptic Synaxarion on the 10th day of Parmouti.

This Pope was from the nobles of Cairo, and was a writer, scribe, and scholar. He transcribed many Arabic and Coptic books. The elders of the people and the clergy chose him for the Patriarchal Chair, and his enthronement was on the 9th day of Amshir, 847 A.M. (February 3., 1131 A.D.).[1]

When the Caliph was asked by the Emperor of Ethiopia to appoint more bishops to his kingdom, Gabriel showed the Caliph that if that country had more than seven bishops, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church would be able, by Canon law, to select their own Abun or metropolitan bishop, thus curtailing the influence the Patriarch, and thus the Caliph, had over Ethiopia. Thus, the Emperor's request was declined.


Preceded by
Macarius II
Coptic Pope
Succeeded by
Michael V