Pope Peter II of Alexandria

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Peter II of Alexandria
Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria
Installed 373
Term ended 381
Predecessor Athanasius the Apostolic
Successor Timothy I
Personal details
Born Egypt
Died 381
Buried Dominicium, Alexandria
Nationality Egyptian
Denomination Coptic Orthodox Christian
Residence Saint Mark's Church
Feast day 27 February (20 Amshir in the Coptic Calendar)[1]

Patriarch Peter II of Alexandria, 21st Patriarch of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. He was a disciple of St Athanasius who designated him as his successor before his death in 373.

He was a zealous opponent of Arianism[2] and immediately after his consecration, the prefect Palladius, acting on orders from Emperor Valens drove him from the city and installed Lucius, an adherent of Arianism as bishop.

Peter found refuge at Rome, where Pope Damasus I ( Pope from 366-384 A.D.) received him and gave him support against the Arians. In 373, Peter returned to Alexandria, where Lucius yielded out of fear of the populace.


  • "Petros II (373–381)". Official web site of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
Titles of the Great Christian Church
Preceded by
Athanasius I
Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria
Succeeded by
Timothy I