Pope Mark VII of Alexandria

Pope

Mark VII of Alexandria
Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
Papacy began30 May 1745
Papacy ended18 May 1769
PredecessorJohn XVII
SuccessorJohn XVIII
Personal details
Birth nameSimeon
BornKlosna, in the district of El Bahnasa, Egypt
Died18 May 1769
Egypt
BuriedSaint Mercurius Church in Coptic Cairo
NationalityEgyptian
DenominationCoptic Orthodox Christian
ResidenceSaint Mary Church (Haret Elroum)

Pope Mark VII of Alexandria (Abba Marcos VII), 106th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. Pope Mark VII was born in the city of Klosna, in the district of El Bahnasa, and his lay name was Simeon. He joined the Monastery of Saint Anthony at a young age, then moved to the Monastery of Saint Paul the Anchorite, where he became a monk and was ordained a priest. When Pope John XVII departed, he was chosen to succeed him. Pope Mark VII was ordained Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria on Sunday, 24 Pashons, 1461 A.M. (30 May 1745 AD) on the day of the feast of the entry of Christ to Egypt.

Pope Mark VII was contemporary of the Ottoman Sultans Mahmud I, Osman III, and Mustafa III.

He ordained a general bishop over Upper Egypt to shepherd its Christians. He also ordained HG John (Yoannis) the 14th as the 104th Metropolitan of Ethiopia.

Pope Mark VII occupied the Throne of Saint Mark for 23 years, 11 months, and 18 days. He departed on 12 Pashons 1485 A.M. (18 May 1769 AD), while he was residing in a monastery in Maadi. He was buried in the tombs of the Patriarchs at Saint Mercurius Church in Coptic Cairo. The Papal Throne was vacant after his departure for 5 months and 5 days.

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Oriental Orthodox titles
Preceded by
John XVII
Coptic Pope
1745–1769
Succeeded by
John XVIII