- Pope John I (II) of Alexandria
He is counted as John II by the
Eastern Orthodox Church, which acknowledges John Talaiaas "John I", but as John I by the Copts who reject Talaia.
John was born in
Alexandriato Christianparents. He became a monk in the Nitrian Desert, at the Monastery of Saint Macarius the Great.
Against his will, he was consecrated Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria on
29 September, 496, following the death of Athanasius II. He was the first Alexandrine bishop to be chosen from among the monks from the desert monasteries rather than from the learned clergy of Alexandria. He reigned for eight years and seven months.
During his time as Patriarch, he is recorded as having secured gifts of wheat, wine, and oil for his former monastery from the Emperor.
He was a firm opponent of the
Council of Chalcedonand held communion with those who accepted the Henotikonof Emperor Zeno without imposing a formal anathema on Chalcedon. By doing so, he largely kept the church in peace, although also continuing the schism of the Acephaloi, who opposed both the Council of Chalcedon and the conciliatory approach of the Henotikon.
He is commemorated in the
Calendar of Saintsof the Coptic Churchon the 4th day of Pashons, the day of his death.
* [http://icopts.com/new/index.php?option=com_synaxarium&task=alldays&rdr=bashans/day4.php Coptic Synexarion]
*Atiya, Aziz S. "The Coptic Encyclopedia". New York:Macmillan Publishing Company, 1991. ISBN 0-02-897025-X.
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