Pope John XIX of Alexandria

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John XIX of Alexandria
Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
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Native name
  • البابا يوأنس التاسع عشر
Papacy began 16 December 1928
Papacy ended 21 June 1942
Predecessor Cyril V
Successor Macarius III
Personal details
Born 1855 (1855)
Dair Tasa, Asyut, Egypt
Died 21 June 1942(1942-06-21) (aged 86–87)
Buried Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral (Azbakeya)
Nationality Egyptian
Denomination Coptic Orthodox Christian
Residence Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral (Azbakeya)

Pope John XIX of Alexandria (Abba Youannis XIX), 113th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark.

A monk

He joined the Paromeos Monastery in the Nitrian Desert as a monk and was sent to Greece to study Theology. Afterwards, Pope Cyril V appointed him a Metropolitan.

Enthroning a Bishop as Pope

Before becoming a Pope, John XIX was the Metropolitan of Al Beheira in Egypt; he is the first ever Bishop/Metropolitan of an Eparchy to become a Pope in the history of the Coptic Orthodox Church; before him the tradition was to nominate a Monk to the Papal position [1]

Some argue that the choice of Bishop as Pope (and Bishop) of the City of Alexandria is not canonical (against Canon 15 of Nicea and other Church councils/canons).[2] This issue has caused an ongoing dispute since 1928 in the Coptic Orthodox Church.


  1. ^ The story of the Coptic Church, Iris Habib Elmasry
  2. ^ http://www.rezgar.com/debat/show.art.asp?t=0&userID=981&aid=80855
Oriental Orthodox titles
Preceded by
Cyril V
Coptic Pope
Succeeded by
Macarius III

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