'The Egyptian Orthodox Church') is an Oriental Orthodox Christian church based in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East. The head of the church and the See of Alexandria is the Patriarch of Alexandria on the Holy See of Saint Mark, who also carries the title of Coptic Pope.
The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria is the name for the largest Christian church in Egypt. Its churches can be found worldwide, where it serves Coptic believers who have emigrated to other countries.
The Hanging Church is the most famous Coptic Christian church in Cairo, as well as possibly the first built in basilican style. The church is the site of several reported Marian apparitions. She is said to have appeared in a dream to Pope Abraham in the 970s in the story of how the Mokattam was moved by the faith of Simon the Tanner.
The Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church is an offshoot of the Rastafari movement that flourished in the 1970s in Jamaica and was incorporated in Florida in 1975. Members of the movement say it is based on the teachings of Marcus Garvey and that they use cannabis as the Rastafari sacrament.
The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria has many churches and congregations in Europe and on 2 June 1974 Pope Shenouda III has received in the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria a native Orthodox Church in France known as the French Orthodox Eparchy, along with their Primate, who in turn was accepted after consecration into the Episcopate, in the Holy Synod of the Church of Alexandria ...
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The Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria is the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, a faith with ancient Christian roots in Egypt.The current holder of this position is Pope Tawadros II, who was selected as the 118th pope on November 18, 2012.
Features. The Coptic Church broke from the other Eastern Orthodox Churches and the Roman Catholic Church in 451 AD. After that date, the Copts, then a great majority of the Egyptian population, were shunned and often persecuted by their Byzantine rulers until the conquest of Egypt by Islam, after which the slowly declining Coptic population was in a rather precarious position.
The smaller Coptic Catholic Church is an Eastern Catholic Church, in communion with the See of Rome; others belong to the Evangelical Church of Egypt. Copts of Egyptian ancestry maintain a distinct ethnic identity, and generally reject an Arab identity, but they also have a national identity shared with other Egyptians.
- c. 200,000
- c. 10,000
- 25,000 – 30,000 (2006)
Coptic (Unicode block), a block of Unicode characters for writing the Coptic language, introduced in Unicode 4.1 Coptic Epact Numbers , a block of Unicode characters for writing Coptic numerals Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria or Coptic Church, the largest Christian church in Egypt and the Middle East