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Pope St. Kyrillos V, 112th Pope of Alexandria

Pope Cyril of Alexandria (also called Kyrillos) V) (born Youhanna (John) in 1824 or 1830/1831 according to different accounts; died 7 August 1927) was the 112th Coptic Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark for fifty-two years and nine months, from 1 November 1874 until his death.

He was the longest serving Pope in the history of the Coptic Orthodox Church[1]

A Monk

He joined the Paromeos Monastery in the Nitrian Desert, where he served as abbot prior to his elevation to Pope.

The Coptic Pope

In the beginning of his papacy there was a dispute between him and the members of the General Congregation Council (Elmagles Elmelly Ela'am) of the Coptic Orthodox Church, whose secretary at the time, Boutros pasha Ghaliبطرس غالي who went on later to become the Prime Minister of Egypt and that dispute ended up in favour of Pope Cyril.

This disagreement was despite the fact that General Congregation Council members elected him to become the Coptic Pope and contrary to the expectations of the council, he spent the better part of his papacy at loggerheads with the council and objecting on its interference in the church's matters [2]

In general, his papacy was an era of regeneration for the Coptic Orthodox Church and he continued the work begun by Pope Cyril IV(1854- 1861) in educational reform.[2]

Notable men of the Coptic Church during his papacy included the great saint, Anba Abraam, Bishop of Fayoum, and Habib Guirguis.

In 1881, the Ethiopian Emperor Yohannes IV asked Pope Cyril V, to ordain a metropolitan and three Bishops for the Ethiopian Empire. Pope Cyril V chose the four monks who had left El-Muharraq Monastery with Anba Abraam: Abuna Petros, Abuna Marqos, Abuna Matewos, and Abuna Luqas.[3]

The seat of the Pope during his papacey remained in the Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Azbakeya in Cairo.

Once news of his death reached Ethiopia, Empress Zewditu and Ras Tafari ordered requiem masses be said throughout Ethiopia, and that government offices be closed for three days.[4]

See also


  1. History of the Coptic Church, Iris Habib Elmasry
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alahram weekley
  3. Richard Pankhurst, The Ethiopians: A History (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001), p. 169
  4. Aleqa Gebre-Igziabiher Elyas, Prowess, Piety, and Politics: The Chronicle of Abeto Iyasu and Empress Zewditu of Ethiopia (1909-1930), translated by Reidulf K. Molvaer (Köln: Rüdiger Köppe, 1994), pp. 503f

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Preceded by
Demetrius II
Coptic Pope
Succeeded by
John XIX

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