French Coptic Orthodox Church

The French Coptic Orthodox Church (French: Métropole copte orthodoxe de France) is a Coptic Orthodox jurisdiction centered in France.

French Coptic Orthodox Church
Bishopric
Oriental Orthodox
StyleHis Eminence
Location
TerritoryFrance, Switzerland
MetropolitanToulon
Information
DenominationCoptic Orthodox
RiteAlexandrian
Established1974 A.D.
Current leadership
PopeTawadros II
Metropolitan BishopAthanasius

HistoryEdit

Coptic immigration to France began as early as 1801 after the French Invasion of Egypt and there was significant immigration after the 1952 Revolution in Egypt.

The church was canonically instituted by Pope Shenouda III on July 2, 1974, as the French Coptic Orthodox Eparchy. On June 18, 1994, Pope Shenouda raised the status of the eparchy to the French Coptic Orthodox Church, a newbody.[1]

The church was headed by Metropolitan Marcos until his death on May 11, 2008.[2] The seat of the head of the French Coptic Orthodox Church remained vacant until the enthronement of Bishop Athanasius, a member of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church, to the diocese on June 16, 2013. The French-speaking Coptic community is now served by Metropolitan Athanasius.

BishopsEdit

Primates of the French Coptic Orthodox ChurchEdit

  • Marcos, Metropolitan of the Holy Metropolis of Toulon and of all France, and Primate of the French Coptic Orthodox Church. (1974-2008)
  • Athanasius, Metropolitan of the Holy Metropolis of Toulon and of all France, and Primate of the French Coptic Orthodox Church. (2013-Present)
    • Diocesan Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Marseille.

Diocesan BishopsEdit

  • Luka, Diocesan Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Geneva (Switzerland) and Southern France. (2013-Present)[3]
  • Marc, Diocesan Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Paris and all Northern France. (2015-Present)[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "THE FRENCH COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH". eocf.free.fr. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  2. ^ "Arab-West Report".
  3. ^ "Bishop Luka - Coptic Orthodox Church". Retrieved June 1, 2021.
  4. ^ "Bishop Marc - Coptic Orthodox Church". Retrieved June 1, 2021.

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