- Pope Michael IV of Alexandria
Pope Michael IV of Alexandria (also known as Khail IV) was the 68th Coptic Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark (
9 October, 1092- 25 May, 1102).
He was initially a
monkat the Monastery of Saint Macarius the Greatin Scetes. He later went to a place near Singar, where he lived in a cave for more than 20 years. On 12 Paopi, 809 A.M. ( 9 October, 1092A.D.), he was ordained Pope of Alexandria. He was known for his love of the poor and needy, and for spending the church money on paying the Jizyafor those Coptswho could not afford to pay it, so that they could keep their Christianity.
The Arabic historian
al-Makinis quoted by later historians as recounting that Pope Michael IV made a journey to Ethiopiato ask that country's Emperor to allow the Nileto flood to its normal levels, which would end the current famine. Trimingham dismisses this as only a legend.1
Michael IV departed on 30 Pashons, 818 A.M. (
25 May, 1102A.D.) He remained on the Throne of Saint Markfor 9 years, 7 months, and 17 days.
Seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandriawas in The Hanging Churchduring his papacey.
J. Spencer Trimingham, "Islam in Ethiopia "(Oxford: Geoffrey Cumberlege for the University Press, 1952), p. 65n.
* [http://icopts.com/new/index.php?option=com_synaxarium&task=alldays&rdr=bashans/day30.php Coptic Synexarion]
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