Pope Peter II of Alexandria

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Saint
Peter II of Alexandria
Patriarch of Alexandria
Installed 373
Term ended 381
Predecessor Athanasius the Apostolic
Successor Timothy I
Personal details
Born Egypt
Died 381
Egypt
Buried Dominicium, Alexandria
Nationality Egyptian
Residence Saint Mark's Church
Sainthood
Feast day 27 February (20 Amshir in the Coptic Calendar)[1]

Patriarch Peter II of Alexandria was the 21st Patriarch of Alexandria from 373 to 381 AD. He was a disciple of Saint Athanasius who designated him as his successor before his death in 373.

He was a zealous opponent of Arianism[2] and immediately after his consecration, the prefect Palladius, acting on orders from Emperor Valens drove him from the city and installed Lucius, an adherent of Arianism as bishop.

Peter found refuge at Rome, where Pope Damasus I (366-384 A.D.) received him and gave him support against the Arians. In 373, Peter returned to Alexandria, where Lucius yielded out of fear of the populace.

References

General
  • "Petros II (373–381)". Official web site of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
Specific
  1. ^ Severus of Al'Ashmunein (Hermopolis), History of the Patriarchs of the Coptic church of Alexandria (1904) Part 2: Peter I - Benjamin I (661 AD). Patrologia Orientalis 1 pp. 383-518 (pp.119-256 of text)
  2. ^ CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: The Church of Alexandria
Titles of the Great Christian Church
Preceded by
Athanasius I
Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria
373–380
Succeeded by
Timothy I
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