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Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity$
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Otto F. A. Meinardus

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774247576

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774247576.001.0001

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Toward the Third Millennium

Toward the Third Millennium

(p.3) 1 Toward the Third Millennium
Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity

Otto F.A. Meinardus

American University in Cairo Press

The unprecedented revival of the Coptic Church toward the second half of the twentieth century is one of the great historical events of world Christianity. Following the enthronement of Pope Cyril VI in 1959, some of the former Sunday school teachers and monks and hermits were called to the episcopacy in order to occupy responsible positions in the life and organization of the church. Among these young men was Shenuda, bishop for theological and educational institutions of the Coptic Church (1962–71), and now as Shenuda III, the present pope and patriarch. Both the pontificate of Shenuda III and a dynamic, deeply spiritual, and capable episcopate have succeeded in providing an almost lifeless ecclesiastical institution with new visions and life. Throughout his life as priest, bishop, and patriarch, he has faithfully kept the monastic vows he made in the ancient Church of the Holy Virgin at the Syrian Monastery.

Keywords:   Coptic Church, Pope Cyril VI, Shenuda, bishop, pope, patriarch

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