Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak

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Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak
Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria
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Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, 2014.
In office 15 January 2013 – present
Predecessor Antonios I Naguib
Other posts Bishop of Alexandria
Orders
Ordination 7 February 1980
Consecration 15 November 2002
by Stéphanos II Ghattas
Personal details
Birth name Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak
Born (1955-08-19) 19 August 1955 (age 62)
Beni-Chokeir, Egypt
Nationality Egyptian
Denomination Coptic Catholic Church
Previous post Bishop of Minya (2002-2013)

Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak (Arabic: إبراهيم إسحاق سدراك‎‎; born 19 August 1955 in Beni-Chokeir, Egypt) is the current Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria.

Life

Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak was born on 19 August 1955 in Beni-Chokeir, Asyut Governorate. He studied Philosophy and Theology on the St. Leo’s Patriarchal Seminary in Maadi (a suburb of Cairo) and was ordained a priest in 1980. For the following two years he served in the Parish of Archangel Michael in Cairo. Being sent to Rome to study at the Pontifical Gregorian University he received his doctorate in dogmatic theology. Between 1990 and 2001 he was the rector of the Patriarchal Seminary in Maadi. For a short period in 2002 he served as the parish priest of the patriarchal Cathedral of Our Lady of Egypt, in Cairo. In October 2002 he was elected Bishop of Minya, a post in which he served until his canonical election as patriarch.[1]

Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak was elected as Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria by the synod of the Coptic Catholic Church on 15 January 2013, in succession of Patriarch Antonios I Naguib who had resigned because of poor health, after he had a stroke, suffered partial paralysis and underwent brain surgery. Patriarch Sidrak asked for and received ecclesiastical communion from Pope Benedict XVI three days later, on 18 January 2013.[2]

Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak often works closely with Pope Francis and the Coptic Orthodox Pope, Tawadros II, with the goal and aim of unifying the Coptic Orthodox and Coptic Catholic churches of Egypt.

References

  1. ^ Tornielli, Andrea (January 16, 2013). "Muslim Brotherhood-led Egypt appoints new Patriarch". Vatican Insider. La Stampa. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Concessione dell'Ecclesiastica Communio al Nuovo Patriarca di Alessandria dei Copti" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 

Sources

  • Rinuncia del Patriarca di Alessandria dei Copti (Egitto) ed Elezione del Nuovo Patriarca, Holy See Press Office
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Antonios Naguib
Bishop of Minya
2002 – 2013
Succeeded by
Kamal Fahim Awad (Boutros) Hanna
Coptic Patriarch of Alexandria
2013 – present
Incumbent


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