- Pope John III of Alexandria
Pope John III of Alexandria was the 40th Coptic Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark (
677- 686). [ [http://www.tertullian.org/fathers/severus_hermopolis_hist_alex_patr_03_part3.htm Severus of Al'Ashmunein (Hermopolis), History of the Patriarchs of the Coptic church of Alexandria (1910) Part 3: Agathon - Michael I (766 AD). Patrologia Orientalis 5 pp. 3-215 (pp.257-469 of text) ] ] He was originally from Samannuda city in the North of Egypt, hence also known as Pope John III Of Sammanud.
During his papacy the
Muslimruler in Damascuswas Marwan Ias after the death of Yazid, the son of Mu'âwiyah and his son Muawiya II, Marwan Itook control of the East and of Egypt. Marwan Imade his sons governors over all the provinces. He appointed his eldest son, who later became his successor Abd al-Malikas governor of Damascus, governor of Egyptwas another one of his sons Abd al-Aziz.
At that stage the Ummayad rulers were still in war with
Abdullah bin Zubayr.
And when Abd al-Aziz became governor of Egypt, Pope John III wrote from
Alexandriato Misr to the two scribes who presided over his divan, to make known to them what had been done concerning the seal, which was set upon all the places, and the trouble with the misbelieving Chalcedonians from which he was suffering. Thereupon the said scribes sent messengers to Alexandria with instructions that the seal should be broken in the places named, and that all the property of the Church should be delivered to the Father Patriarch.
680A.D. Pope John III of Sammanud – the 40th Pope – rebuilt the Saint Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria. [ [http://www.elmorkosia.net/church/history.html SAINT-MARK Coptic Orthodox Church - Alexandria - EGYPT ] ]
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