Pope Peter VII of Alexandria

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Peter VII of Alexandria
Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
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Papacy began24 December 1809
Papacy ended5 April 1852
PredecessorMark VIII
SuccessorCyril IV
Personal details

Died15 April 1852
BuriedSaint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral (Azbakeya)
DenominationCoptic Orthodox Christian
ResidenceSaint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral (Azbakeya)

Pope Peter VII of Alexandria (Abba Boutros El-Gawly), 109th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. He was born in the village of El-Gawly in Upper Egypt, and known as Mankarius while a monk at the Monastery of Saint Anthony on the Red Sea.

During his papacy, sensing intimations of pressure from Roman Catholicism, the Coptic Church intensified her teaching, her preaching, and her pastoral work, and the Coptic Pope himself intensified his writing on matters of faith and doctrine. During the period, many private and public patriarchal libraries were founded.

When the Russian Tsar sent his delegates with an offer to put the Coptic Church under his protection, Pope Peter declined the proposal by asking, "Does your Emperor live forever?" When the envoy answered that he would die, like all humans, the Pope told him that he preferred the Protector of the Church who would not die.[citation needed]

The papal throne stood vacant for a little over one year before his successor, Cyril IV, was elected.

Also during the papacy, Saint Sidhom Bishay [1] was martyred at the hands of Muslims in Damietta. His martyrdom made possible the raising of the Cross openly during Christian funeral processions, for this practice was previously forbidden.

His feast date is 28 Paremhat.[1]

Source and further details[edit]


  1. ^ "Baramhat 28 : Lives of Saints : Synaxarium - CopticChurch.net".
Oriental Orthodox titles
Preceded by Coptic Pope
Succeeded by