Patriarch Mark III of Alexandria

Mark III served as Greek Patriarch of Alexandria between 1180 and 1209. He is commemorated in the Coptic Synaxarion on the 6th day of Tubah.

Relations with the Church of Rome

At the time, many Latin merchants had settled in Egypt, along with priest chaplains, and Latin prisoners held by the Muslims. In 1190, Mark wrote to the Byzantine Canonist from Antioch Theodore Balsamon for his opinion on whether or not it was permitted to continue the practice of admitting the Latins to Holy Communion. Although the Canonist gave an uncompromisingly negative answer, Mark rejected it. Mark continued to remember the Pope of Rome in the diptychs and administer Holy Communion to Latins.[1]


  1. Steven Runciman. The Eastern Schism. (Oxford, 1955). p. 99.
  • "Markos III (1180–1209)". Official web site of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
Preceded by
Greek Patriarch of Alexandria
Succeeded by
Nicholas I

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