Pope Cyril V of Alexandria
Cyril V of Alexandria
|Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark|
|Papacy began||1 November 1874|
|Papacy ended||7 August 1927|
|Birth name||John (Youhanna)|
Tezment, Beni Suef Governorate, Egypt
7 August 1927 95–96) (aged|
|Buried||Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral (Azbakeya)|
|Denomination||Coptic Orthodox Christian|
|Residence||Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral (Azbakeya)|
|Feast day||7 August (1 Mesori in the Coptic Calendar)|
|Papal styles of|
Saint Cyril V
|Reference style||His Holiness|
|Spoken style||Your Holiness|
|Religious style||Pope and Patriarch|
Pope Cyril V of Alexandria (Abba Kyrillos V), 112th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark for 52 years, 9 months and 6 days. He was the longest-serving Pope in the history of the Coptic Orthodox Church. He was born as Youhanna (John) in 1824 or 1830/1831 according to different accounts and he died on 7 August 1927.
He joined the Al Baramous Monastery in the Nitrian Desert, where he served as abbot prior to his elevation to Pope.
The Coptic Pope
The General Congregation Council (Elmagles Elmelly Ela'am) elected him Pope, with seat in the Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Azbakeya in Cairo throughout his papacy. The secretary of the Council was Boutros pasha Ghali بطرس غالي, later Prime Minister of Egypt. Cyril spent most of his papacy at loggerheads with the council and objecting to its interference in church matters At the beginning of his papacy there was a dispute with the council, which Cyril won.
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.
In 1881 the Ethiopian Emperor Yohannes IV asked Pope Cyril V to ordain a metropolitan and three Bishops for the Ethiopian Empire. Cyril chose the four monks who had left El-Muharraq Monastery with Anba Abraam: Abouna Petros, Abouna Marqos, Abouna Matewos and Abouna Luqas.
- History of the Coptic Church. Iris Habib Elmasry
- Alahram weekley Archived 12 April 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- Richard Pankhurst, The Ethiopians: A History (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001), p. 169
- 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
|Oriental Orthodox titles|
| Coptic Pope