Eternal Memory: Pope Shenouda III

August 3, 1923 – March 17, 2012

Elevated to Bishop: September 30, 1962

Enthroned as Pope: November 14, 1971

After forty years as being the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, successor of St Mark the Apostle, has died. He has been a diligent pastor of the Coptic Orthodox Church, writing several popular books on important themes such as  Soteriology, Christology, Biblical Interpretation, Prayer, and Discipleship.

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Eternal memory, eternal memory, blessed repose and eternal memory.

  • http://branemrys.blogspot.com Brandon Watson

    Very sad to hear it. He was also an extraordinary force for true ecumenical discussion, uncompromisingly Coptic but still willing to risk sharp criticism in order to meet others halfway. The work he’s done on miaphysitism, both in its Coptic setting and in its relation to Chalcedonian Christology, will, I think, be one day considered one of the more important theological contributions of the twentieth century.

    • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

      Yes, he was an extraordinary figure for ecumenism, showing quite well the positive content of such action. I have several of his books, and a photograph of him using incense during liturgy which I got in my visit to Egypt. I used to talk to Coptics who would get t-shirts autographed by him when he visited the United States, as if he were a rock-star (but of course, he was much more important than that). Truly, the Coptic Orthodox had two great Popes right next to each other, so I hope they have a third now.

  • http://branemrys.blogspot.com Brandon Watson

    Very sad to hear it. He was also an extraordinary force for true ecumenical discussion, uncompromisingly Coptic but still willing to risk sharp criticism in order to meet others halfway. The work he’s done on miaphysitism, both in its Coptic setting and in its relation to Chalcedonian Christology, will, I think, be one day considered one of the more important theological contributions of the twentieth century.

    • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

      Yes, he was an extraordinary figure for ecumenism, showing quite well the positive content of such action. I have several of his books, and a photograph of him using incense during liturgy which I got in my visit to Egypt. I used to talk to Coptics who would get t-shirts autographed by him when he visited the United States, as if he were a rock-star (but of course, he was much more important than that). Truly, the Coptic Orthodox had two great Popes right next to each other, so I hope they have a third now.

  • David Cruz-Uribe, SFO

    I want to share a story of my own brief encounter with Pope Shenouda. Many years ago I was both younger and more inclined to tilt wildly at windmills. (I still tilt at them, but I guess I am a bit more under control.) I went through a period where I was quite concerned by the scandal that the the Churches of East and West could not agree on the date for Easter. In the end I wrote to the Pope and to every Patriarch of the East for whom I could find an address, urging the solution of this problem by the simple expedient of agreeing on a new method for dating Easter. I got no answer from the pope, a somewhat stiff reply from a secretary to the Ecumenical Patriarch, and a very cold response from the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem (or perhaps his secretary, I no longer remember). But from Pope Shenouda I got I long handwritten response, in which he share my concern and urged continued prayer for unity on this matter. It was warm and friendly, reaching across the divisions of both history and culture to embrace me. It was the very model of what a shepherd of Christ’s flock should be.

    May he be welcomed into the heavenly Jerusalem; may the saints and angels greet him with joy; may the martyrs escort him to the bosom of Abraham to be embraced by Lazarus, who once was poor. May he rest in the peace of Christ.

    • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

      Yes, that is exactly the kind of character I have heard of Pope Shenouda from many — and the way he embraced ecumenism has led to interesting things in the US (monastic retreats shared by Byzantines and Coptic Orthodox, etc).

    • RCM

      I love this story, David. Wonderful!

  • David Cruz-Uribe, SFO

    I want to share a story of my own brief encounter with Pope Shenouda. Many years ago I was both younger and more inclined to tilt wildly at windmills. (I still tilt at them, but I guess I am a bit more under control.) I went through a period where I was quite concerned by the scandal that the the Churches of East and West could not agree on the date for Easter. In the end I wrote to the Pope and to every Patriarch of the East for whom I could find an address, urging the solution of this problem by the simple expedient of agreeing on a new method for dating Easter. I got no answer from the pope, a somewhat stiff reply from a secretary to the Ecumenical Patriarch, and a very cold response from the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem (or perhaps his secretary, I no longer remember). But from Pope Shenouda I got I long handwritten response, in which he share my concern and urged continued prayer for unity on this matter. It was warm and friendly, reaching across the divisions of both history and culture to embrace me. It was the very model of what a shepherd of Christ’s flock should be.

    May he be welcomed into the heavenly Jerusalem; may the saints and angels greet him with joy; may the martyrs escort him to the bosom of Abraham to be embraced by Lazarus, who once was poor. May he rest in the peace of Christ.

    • http://roadgoeseveron.wordpress.com Henry Karlson

      Yes, that is exactly the kind of character I have heard of Pope Shenouda from many — and the way he embraced ecumenism has led to interesting things in the US (monastic retreats shared by Byzantines and Coptic Orthodox, etc).

    • RCM

      I love this story, David. Wonderful!

  • http://turmarion.wordpress.com turmarion

    Indeed, eternal rest grant him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine on him, and may he rest in peace!

  • http://turmarion.wordpress.com turmarion

    Indeed, eternal rest grant him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine on him, and may he rest in peace!

  • http://elblogdelpelon.wordpress.com El Pelón

    I remember a friend saying that he saw a video of Pope Shenouda answering a bunch of questions from his faithful (in English). One was from a husband who was concerned about his “disobedient”wife. The pope’s comment was curt and to the point:

    “The man is the head of the family, not the headache of the family.”

  • http://elblogdelpelon.wordpress.com El Pelón

    I remember a friend saying that he saw a video of Pope Shenouda answering a bunch of questions from his faithful (in English). One was from a husband who was concerned about his “disobedient”wife. The pope’s comment was curt and to the point:

    “The man is the head of the family, not the headache of the family.”