Pope Michael I of Alexandria


Michael I of Alexandria
Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
Papacy began 14 September 743
Papacy ended 12 March 767
Predecessor Theodore I
Successor Mina I
Personal details
Born Egypt
Died 12 March 767
Buried Saint Mark's Church
Nationality Egyptian
Denomination Coptic Orthodox Christian
Residence Saint Mark's Church
Feast day 12 March (16 Baramhat in the Coptic Calendar)

Pope Michael I of Alexandria (also known as Khail) was the 46th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark from 743 to 767.

Bishop Moses of Awsim was instrumental in arranging the election of Michael as patriarch in a compromise between northern and southern factions.[1]

When Pope Michael was thrown into prison by Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan ibn Musa bin Nusayr, King Kyriakos of Makuria marched north into Egypt at the head of an army said to number 100,000 men to free the Pope of Alexandria. However, once the Makurian army reached Egypt, the Pope was released from prison.[2]

Pope Michael opposed the enthroning of the Bishop Isaac as a Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch after the death of Iwanis I because he was already the Bishop of an eparchy (Harran).[3]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Mark N. Swanson (2010), The Coptic Papacy in Islamic Egypt (641–1517), Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, p. 20.
  2. ^ Derek A. Welsby, The Medieval Kingdoms of Nubia (London, 2002), p. 73; B.T.A. Evetts (translator), The Churches and Monasteries of Egypt and Some Neighboring Countries attributed to Abu Salih, the Armenian, with added notes by Alfred J. Butler (Oxford, 1895), pp. 267ff
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Preceded by

Theodoros I
Coptic Pope

Succeeded by

Mina I

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