Pope Simeon I of Alexandria

Simeon I of Alexandria
Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
Papacy began 19 December 692
Papacy ended 699
Predecessor Isaac
Successor Alexander II
Personal details
Born Syria
Died 699
Buried Saint Mark's Church
Nationality Syrian
Denomination Coptic Orthodox Christian
Residence Saint Mark's Church
Feast day (24 Abib in the Coptic Calendar)

Pope Simeon I of Alexandria (fl. 695), 42nd Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark.

The first pope elected from among the Syrians to the See of St. Mark was Pope Simeon I. He was a monk in the Pateron Monastery (Deir Al-Zugag). The Synaxarium links Simeon to his Syrian heritage by mentioning to his readers that Severus of Antioch was buried in the monastery. The Synaxarium attests to his saintly life. There were two attempts to poison Pope Simeon and he survived both of them. Pope Simeon was a great reformer. He fought very fiercely against a new trend among Coptic men who began emulating the Arabs by taking more than one wife.

Preceded by
Coptic Pope
Succeeded by
Alexander II

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