Pope Gabriel II of Alexandria

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Gabriel II of Alexandria
Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
Papacy began3 February 1131
Papacy ended5 April 1145
PredecessorMacarius II
SuccessorMichael V
Personal details
BornCairo, Egypt
Died5 April 1145
Egypt
BuriedMonastery of Saint Macarius the Great
NationalityEgyptian
DenominationCoptic Orthodox Christian
ResidenceThe Hanging Church

Pope Gabriel II of Alexandria, 70th Pope of Alexandria and 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.

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Preceded by
Macarius II
Coptic Pope
1131–1145
Succeeded by
Michael V