Tomorrow the Coptic Orthodox Church commemorates the death of Pope Younes, the 103rd Pope of Alexandria. So says the Synaxarium, a book that presents the stories of martyrs and saints in Christianity.
In the Synaxarion it was said that on this day Pope John XVI, the one hundred and third Patriarch, departed, and this pope, known as Joannis Al-Toukhi, was a state from his youth, so he grew in virtue. and a clean life.
When his father left, the world became ascetic and he wanted a monastic life, so he went to the monastery of St. Anthony in the caravan desert and became a monk in it, put on his monastic clothes and wore the holy Skim. When he excelled in worship and asceticism, the monks chose him, so Pope Metawes IV ordained him a priest in the aforementioned monastery, so he rose to his new rank, and asceticism became commonplace until the remembrance of his piety, his humility. . and his prayer.
Al-Sinksar added that when the Pope, Patriarch Manawish, left and the throne remained vacant behind him, the bishops, priests and archangels gathered to elect the good shepherd, his people, and when this father’s name was drawn. , they knew and understood that it was God who chose him to this rank, and he was ordained on Sunday, corresponding to the date of the 9th of Baramhat in 1392 morning (May 5, 1676 AD) and was named John the Sixteenth.
He was interested in rebuilding monasteries and churches, as he rebuilt the shops located in Al-Quds Al-Sharif, paid off the many debts they owed, renovated the buildings of churches and monasteries, and consecrated them with his blessed hand. vessels, books, curtains and relics, and went to him himself and consecrated him with his holy hand and ordained him priests, deacons and monks on Sunday 19 Bashans in 1421 AM (May 25, 1705 AD). .
He visited the monastery of the great St. Anthony, the father of monks known to the Arabs, in Jabal al-Kalzam in four groups, the first in the month of Kiahk in 1395 (1678 CE) and was accompanied by the head of the monastery, the former clerk of the cell, and some monks, and the second at Baramouda 20, 1411 AM (1695 AD) at the end of Lent With him was the Reverend Yohanna al-Batoul, the minister of the Church of the Virgin in Haret al-Roum, the honorable deacon, the revered archer, teacher Gerges al-Toukhi Abu Mansour and teacher Suleiman al-Sarraf al-Shanrawi.
Al-Sinksar continued that in the blessed month of Abib in 1417 AM, persecution took place against the Orthodox people in Egypt preserved during the time of Governor Muhammad Pasha, due to a rumor and his affiliation with the Coptic Christian sect that built new buildings in. their churches, so he appointed upon the churches before him, architects and Sharia judges to conduct an examination of the churches, so they came down and discovered They proved that the churches have a new building, but the grace of God Almighty did not abandon it his people through the prayers of the Immaculate Conception, so he was shown kindness to his Coptic nation, to the hearts of a group of Egyptian princes, and to the dignitaries of the state. Among them, the venerable Pope should encircle Christian streets, visit homes, and take from them what may be gathered. This fine was paid by the Archangels, and there was great joy in the sacred vow of faithfulness, and the churches were opened, and peace echoed in the rest of the pure sale. 7 Mesra in 1417 AM own recreation.
In 141, the Pope wanted to make Christmas holy, so the great archbishop, teacher Gerges Abu Mansour, overseer of the Church of the SubGenius and Harat Al-Roum, was a lover of the poor and needy, concerned about the places of martyrs and saints and he was involved with the Pope in every good deed. And the Pope consecrated him with his generous hand in oath of allegiance to the Virgin Mary in the Roman quarter. Bishops, monks and elders attended this great feast. , for the shot had not been cooked for two hundred and forty-seven years, during which eighteen patriarchs took the throne. He was the first to build the patriarchal cell in the Roman quarter and distribute proceeds and donations to it.
In 1425 AM (in 1709 AD), the Pope visited Al-Quds Al-Sharif, accompanied by several bishops, and many of the magistrates, priests and archangels throughout the Royal Land. The famous Virgin Mary hung in Egypt.
The pope missed churches and visited lands and trades. He also visited the oath of allegiance to St. Mark the Evangelist in Alexandria, besieged Upper and Lower Egypt, their monasteries and churches. He cared for their conditions, encouraged them, and arranged during his presidency the sacred relic in the church, which is the body and blood of Christ for the sick and oppressed who are unable to go to church.
The Pope was loved by all people and faiths came to him and blessed him, as he was the object of their honor and respect because he was humble, meek, loving, merciful to the poor and his door was open to visitors. and a haven for the curious and the hesitant.Satisfactory old age.
When he completed his search, he fell ill for a while, he and his lover, the venerable archangel Gerges Abu Mansour, died within a week. All mourned for him and attended a group of bishops, priests and archangels. They carried his body. with much dignity, prayed for him and buried him in the Patriarchs Cemetery in the Church of Mercurius Abi Sefein in Old Cairo, on 10 Baounah in 1434 AM Ali al-Kursi is forty-two years and three months old.