Pope John II (III) of Alexandria

Pope John II (III) of Alexandria, was the 30th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark.


John II of Alexandria
Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
Papacy began29 May 505
Papacy ended22 May 516
PredecessorJohn I
SuccessorDioscorus II
Personal details
Died22 May 516
BuriedSaint Mark's Church
DenominationCoptic Orthodox Christian
ResidenceSaint Mark's Church

He is counted as John III by the Eastern Orthodox Church, which acknowledges John Talaia as John I, but as John II by the Copts who reject Talaia. He is sometimes called John Niciota after his birthplace of Nikius.

He was a monk who lived a solitary life in the desert until he was consecrated Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria on 29 May 505.

He was famous for authoring many hagiographical writings and sermons.

He was a contemporary of the Roman Emperor Anastasius I, who favoured the non-Chalcedonian churches, and of Severus of Antioch, the champion of Miaphysitism in Syria. The latter wrote a message to John regarding the nature of Christ, which reads:

Jesus Christ, after the union with flesh, has become of one Nature with one Will without separation, and I believe in the same faith of Pope Cyril and Pope Dioscorus.

John replied with a message that testified to the union of the essence of God, and the trinity of His characters. He also proclaimed that by the incarnation of the eternal Son of God, the Divine and the human nature have become one and no longer two natures, without separation, mingling, or confusion. He anathematized those who separate the two natures, those who confuse them and those who said that the suffering crucified Christ was only a man, and those who say that His Divine nature also suffered and died. He said that the Orthodox faith was to profess that God the word suffered by the flesh that united with.


  • "John III of Nicaea (505–516)". Official web site of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. Retrieved 2011-02-07.
  • البابا يوأنس الثاني [Pope John II] (in Arabic). Official website of St. Takla Haymanot's Church. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
Preceded by Coptic Pope
Succeeded by
Patriarch of Alexandria