French Coptic Orthodox Church

The French Coptic Orthodox Church ( _fr. Métropole copte orthodoxe de France) is an Oriental Orthodox church and an outgrowth of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria.

History

Coptic immigration to France began as early as 1801 after the French Invasion of Egypt and there was significant immigration after the 1952 Revolution in Egypt.

The Church was canonically instituted by Pope Shenouda III on July 2, 1974 as the French Coptic Orthodox Eparchy. On June 18, 1994, Pope Shenouda raised the status of the Eparchy to the French Coptic Orthodox Church, a new, self-governing body (the church is integrated within the Church of Alexandria, but is considered autonomous in matter of governance). [ [http://eocf.free.fr/eglisep_eng.htm The French Coptic Orthodox Church website] ]

Currently, the seat of the head of the French Coptic Orthodox Church is vacant (following the death of Metropolitan Marcos in 2008), although H.G. Bishop Athanasius still serves the French-speaking Coptic community in France, being a member of the the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Priests in the church serve in cities across France.

ee also

*Copts
*List of Coptic Orthodox Popes of Alexandria
*Patriarch of Alexandria
*Christianity in Africa
*Coptic Orthodox Church in Europe

References

External links

* [http://eocf.free.fr/eglisep_eng.htm The French Coptic Orthodox Church]
* [http://www.france-copte.net/ France Copte]
* [http://www.coptipedia.com Coptipedia]


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