Pope John VI of Alexandria

Pope John VI of Alexandria, 74th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark.


John VI of Alexandria
Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
Papacy began1189
Papacy ended1216
PredecessorMark III
SuccessorCyril III
Personal details
BuriedChurch of the Holy Virgin (Babylon El-Darag)
DenominationCoptic Orthodox Christian
ResidenceThe Hanging Church

His name was John Abu al-Majd ibn Abu Ghaleb ibn Sawiris (يوحنا أبو المجد بن أبو غالب بن سويرس). He was layman. It was said that he was a widower, and after his wife's death he chose to remain celibate. He kept the church headquarters in the Hanged Church in Old Cairo (الكنيسة المعلقة). He proscribed a canon that a church could not accept a priest unknown to them without having a consent statement from his bishop. He was buried in the Church of the Darag (كنيسة الدرج) under the tomb of Pope Zakharias, the 64th Coptic Patriarch (1004-1032 AD).

In 1210, his envoys reached the city of Lalibela in Ethiopia, where they met Emperor Gebre Mesqel Lalibela.[1]

He was the last Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria to consecrate a bishop for Western Pentapolis, as the people converted to Islam under the rule of the Arabs.


  1. ^ Taddesse Tamrat, Church and State in Ethiopia (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972), p. 62
Preceded by
Mark III
Coptic Pope
Succeeded by
Cyril III