St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Egypt has colorful past
Founded by the author of the second Gospel, cathedral is seat of the Pope of Alexandria
St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Alexandria, Egypt, has a colorful history
dipped in intrigue from Christendom's earliest days. The cathedral is
the seat of the Pope of Alexandria, the head of the Coptic Orthodox
St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Alexandria, Egypt, has a colorful history dipped in intrigue from Christendom's earliest days. The cathedral is the seat of the Pope of Alexandria, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
Mark converted many to Christianity during this time and performed many miracles. He is considered the founder of the church in Alexandria and the first Bishop of Alexandria. St. Mark was arrested during a festival of Serapis in 68 AD, and according to tradition was martyred by being dragged through the streets. He was buried under the church he had founded.
In 828, the body of St. Mark was stolen from the Alexandrian church by Venetians to be enshrined in the grand new St. Mark's Basilica in Venice.
However -- the head of the St. Mark remained in Alexandria and every newly-appointed Patriarch of Alexandria began his service with holding the holy head of St. Mark in his lap, changing its cloth shroud.
The head of St. Mark was moved around a great deal over the centuries, and has been lost for over 250 years. Some of the relics from the body of St. Mark, however, were returned to Alexandria from Rome in 1968.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Alexandria, Egypt, St. Mark, cathedral, Coptic
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