Open main menu

Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak (Coptic: ⲁⲃⲣⲁϩⲁⲙ ⲓⲥⲁⲁⲕ ⲥⲉⲇⲣⲁⲕ, Arabic: إبراهيم إسحاق سدراك‎; born 19 August 1955 in Beni-Chokeir, Egypt) is the current Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria.


Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak
Patriarch of Alexandria
Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak par Claude Truong-Ngoc mars 2014.jpg
Sidrak in 2014.
ChurchCoptic Catholic Church
SeeAlexandria
Elected15 January 2013
PredecessorAntonios I Naguib
Other posts
  • Bishop of Alexandria (2013-)
  • President of the Synod of the Coptic Catholic Church (2013-)
  • President of the Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchy of Egypt (2013-)
Orders
Ordination7 February 1980
Consecration15 November 2002
by Stéphanos II Ghattas
RankPatriarch
Personal details
Birth nameIbrahim Isaac Sidrak
Born (1955-08-19) 19 August 1955 (age 64)
Beni-Chokeir, Asyut Governorate, Egypt
Previous post
Alma materPontifical Gregorian University

LifeEdit

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tornielli, Andrea (January 16, 2013). "Muslim Brotherhood-led Egypt appoints new Patriarch". Vatican Insider. La Stampa. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  2. ^ "Concessione dell'Ecclesiastica Communio al Nuovo Patriarca di Alessandria dei Copti" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office.[permanent dead link]

SourcesEdit

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Antonios Naguib
Bishop of Minya
2002 – 2013
Succeeded by
Kamal Fahim Awad (Boutros) Hanna
Coptic Patriarch of Alexandria
2013 – present
Incumbent