Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak
Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak
|Patriarch of Alexandria|
Sidrak in 2014.
|Church||Coptic Catholic Church|
|Elected||15 January 2013|
|Predecessor||Antonios I Naguib|
|Ordination||7 February 1980|
|Consecration||15 November 2002|
by Stéphanos II Ghattas
|Birth name||Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak|
|Born||19 August 1955|
Beni-Chokeir, Asyut Governorate, Egypt
|Alma mater||Pontifical Gregorian University|
Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak was born on 19 August 1955 in Beni-Chokeir, Asyut Governorate. He studied philosophy and theology at 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. He was sent to Rome to study at the Pontifical Gregorian University and 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.
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 (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.
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.
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|Catholic Church titles|
| Bishop of Minya
2002 – 2013
Kamal Fahim Awad (Boutros) Hanna
| Coptic Patriarch of Alexandria
2013 – present
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