Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bishop Tawadros 1

On Sunday, November 4, 2012, the altar ballot was cast and a blindfolded 7-year-old boy named Bishoy Girgis Mosad pulled out of a chalice the name of the candidate who would become the next pope. Three names were inserted into the chalice: H.G. Bishop Raphael, H.G. Bishop Tawadros, and Hegomen Raphael Ava Mina. After the Divine Liturgy, the young boy Bishoy, who himself was chosen through another lottery, pulled out the name, whom Metropolitan Bakhomious displayed and declared as: H. H. Pope Tawadros II, the new 118th Pope and Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria on the Holy Apostolic See of Saint Mark the Evangelist.

The altar lot Liturgy service, which took place in St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt on November 4th, 2012, is shown below. The enthronement of H. G. Bishop Tawadros will take place on Sunday, November 18th, 2012.

May God bless and keep for us the life of our new spiritual leader, H. H. Pope Tawadros II.




Born Wagih Subhi Baqi Sulayman on November 4, 1952 in Mansoura, Egypt, he studied pharmacy and graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Alexandria University. His father was a landscaping engineer. In his early years, Wagih managed a state-owned pharmaceutical factory in Damanhur and also studied for a year in Great Britain. In 1983, he graduated from the Coptic Clerical College and, in 1985, he became a member of the International Health Society of England. Wagih was raised in St. Demiana's monastery and attended a Coptic school headed by H. H. Pope Kyrillos VI's sister. This fostered his love for monasticism, which was fulfilled on August 20, 1982, when he joined St. Bishoy's Monastery in Wadi El Natrun. He studied theology for two years, was ordained a monk on July 31, 1988, and was elevated to the priesthood on December 23, 1989. Wagih, concurrently Fr. Theodore El Anba Bishoy, is said to be a strong advocate for the reunification with the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria and is also well known for his work with the youth.

"We must concentrate on what will bring Egypt's children together – not on what will drive them apart."
— H. H. Pope Tawadros II

On June 15, 1997, he was consecrated by His Holiness Pope Bishop Tawadros 2Shenouda III, as a General Bishop for El Beheira by the name of His Grace Bishop Tawadros. However, this did not stop him from completing his formal education: In 1999, he obtained a joint degree in pharmaceutical engineering, business administration and Christian education from a university in Singapore. As Bishop of El Beheira, H.G. Bishop Tawadros authored 12 books on Christian theology and remained a disciple of His Eminence Metropolitan Bakhomious, who served as acting patriarch after the departure of H. H. Pope Shenouda III on March 17, 2012. H. G. Bishop Tawadros will sit on the papal throne as H. H. Pope Tawadros II on November 18, 2012, to lead the Coptic Church in a very crucial and difficult time in Egypt.

May God bless and keep for us the life of our new spiritual leader, H. H. Pope Tawadros II.

"Let us not forget that Unorthodox worship can pollute our being, leading to forgetfulness. It can cause one's mind to drift quite far, rendering him unable to value the Traditional Orthodox melodies and style of Church Worship.[...] Orthodox worship is distinct in its constant reminder of the real presence of Christ and his Saints in our lives. We must be careful to ensure that the worship songs we use are Orthodox in their origin, lyrics, melodies and in their spirit. Communion and unity with Christ ought to be embedded within their meaning."
— H. H. Pope Tawadros II


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