Pope John XIX of Alexandria

Pope John XIX of Alexandria (Abba Youannis XIX), 113th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark.


John XIX of Alexandria
Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
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Native name
  • البابا يوأنس التاسع عشر
Papacy began16 December 1928
Papacy ended21 June 1942
PredecessorCyril V
SuccessorMacarius III
Personal details
Born1855 (1855)
Dair Tasa, Asyut, Egypt
Died21 June 1942(1942-06-21) (aged 86–87)
BuriedSaint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral (Azbakeya)
DenominationCoptic Orthodox Christian
ResidenceSaint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral (Azbakeya)

A monkEdit

He joined the Paromeos Monastery in the Nitrian Desert as a monk and was sent to Greece to study Theology. Afterwards, Pope Cyril V appointed him a Metropolitan.

Enthroning a Bishop as PopeEdit

Before becoming a Pope, John XIX was the Metropolitan of Al Beheira in Egypt; he is the first ever Bishop/Metropolitan of an Eparchy to become a Pope in the history of the Coptic Orthodox Church; before him the tradition was to nominate a Monk to the Papal position [1]

Some argue that the choice of Bishop as Pope (and Bishop) of the City of Alexandria is not canonical (against Canon 15 of Nicea and other Church councils/canons).[2] This issue has caused an ongoing dispute since 1928 in the Coptic Orthodox Church.


Oriental Orthodox titles
Preceded by
Cyril V
Coptic Pope
Succeeded by
Macarius III