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Coptic Catholic Patriarchate of Alexandria

The Coptic Catholic Patriarchate of Alexandriais the Patriarchal and Metropolitan see of the head of the Eastern sui iuris Coptic Catholic Church, a particular Church in the Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See, which follows the Alexandrian Rite in its own Coptic language. He is thus the superior of all Coptic dioceses, mostly in and around Egypt, Copt(ic) being corruptions of the Greek words for Egypt(ian).


  • History 1
  • Rank 2
  • List of the Coptic Catholic Patriarchs of Alexandria and precursor Apostolic Vicars 3
    • Coptic Catholic Apostolic Vicars 3.1
    • Coptic Catholic Patriarchs of Alexandria 3.2
  • See also 4
  • External links 5


In 1741 a Roman Catholic apostolic vicariate was established for Alexandria for Coptic Christians wanting to unite with the Holy See. This later on was elevated into a patriarchate in 1895.


The patriarchal see ranks third among all Catholic bishoprics of the world (only after the Pope's Holy See and the Catholic Patriarch of Constantinople), by the virtue of Canon Law (CCEO 58, 59.2).

Nevertheless, the incumbent patriarch is likely to be outranked by many or even most cardinals, whose higher office is normally not (formally) linked to a see.

List of the Coptic Catholic Patriarchs of Alexandria and precursor Apostolic Vicars

Coptic Catholic Apostolic Vicars

Coptic Catholic Patriarchs of Alexandria

Patriarchate established in 1824 (by Pope Leo XII)

  • Maximos Jouwed (1824–1831) (also known as Maximos Givaid) Titular Patriarch

Vacant (1831–1899)

Vacant (1908–1947)

See also

External links

  • Coptic Catholic Patriarchate official website
  • List of all Coptic Patriarchs of Alexandria by
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