- Pope John XIX of Alexandria
Pope John XIX of Alexandria was the Coptic Patriarch of Alexandria ,Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark (1929 – 1942).
He joined the
Paromeos Monasteryin the Nitrian Desertas a monk and then he was sent by Pope v to Greeceto study Theologyafterwards Pope Cyril V| appointed him a Metropolitan.
Enthroning a Bishop as Pope
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 Monkto the Papal position [ The story of the Coptic Church, Iris Habib Elmasry]
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 . [http://www.rezgar.com/debat/show.art.asp?t=0&userID=981&aid=80855] .
This issue has caused an ongoing dispute since 1928 in the Coptic Orthodox Church.
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