Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria

Coptic Pope

Pope Shenouda III (3 August 1923 – 17 March 2012[1]) was the 117th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. His papacy lasted for forty years, four months, and four days from 14 November 1971 until his death on 17 March 2012.

His Holiness

Pope Shenouda III
Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of All Africa on the Holy Apostolic See of St. Mark the Evangelist of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria
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Pope Shenouda III
Native name
  • Ⲡⲁⲡⲁ Ⲁⲃⲃⲁ Ϣⲉⲛⲟⲩϯ ⲅ̅
  • البابا شنودة الثالث
ChurchCoptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria
Papacy began14 November 1971
Papacy ended17 March 2012
PredecessorCyril VI
SuccessorTawadros II
Ordination1954 (priesthood)
Consecration30 September 1962
Personal details
Birth nameNazir Gayed Roufail
نظير جيد روفائيل
Born(1923-08-03)3 August 1923
Abnub, Asyut Governorate, Egypt
Died17 March 2012(2012-03-17) (aged 88)
Cairo, Egypt
BuriedMonastery of Saint Pishoy, Scetes, Egypt
DenominationCoptic Orthodox Christian
ResidenceCoptic Orthodox Patriarchal Residence
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Pope Shenouda III died on 17 March 2012 in Cairo, Egypt[2] from respiratory and kidney failure, aged 88.[3]


  1. "Pope of Egypt's Coptic Christian Church dies". USA Today. 17 March 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  2. "Egypt's Coptic Christian Pope Shenouda III dies". BBC. 17 March 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  3. "Egypt Coptic Christian Pope Shenouda III dies: adviser | Top News | Reuters". Af.reuters.com. 18 March 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.

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