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Pope Peter II of Alexandria

Saint
Peter II of Alexandria
21st Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
Papacy began 373
Papacy ended 381
Predecessor Athanasius the Apostolic
Successor Timothy I
Personal details
Born Egypt
Died 381
Egypt
Buried Dominicium, Alexandria
Nationality Egyptian
Denomination Coptic Orthodox Christian
Residence Saint Mark's Church
Sainthood
Feast day 27 February (20 Amshir in the Coptic Calendar)[1]

Pope Peter II of Alexandria, 21st Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. He was a disciple of St Athanasius who designated him as his successor before his death in 373.

He was a zealous opponent of Arianism[2] and immediately after his consecration, the prefect Palladius, acting on orders from Emperor Valens drove him from the city and installed Lucius, an adherent of Arianism as bishop.

Peter found refuge at Rome, where Pope Damasus I received him and gave him support against the Arians. In 373, Peter returned to Alexandria, where Lucius yielded out of fear of the populace.

References

General
  • "Petros II (373–381)". Official web site of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
Specific
  1. ^ Severus of Al'Ashmunein (Hermopolis), History of the Patriarchs of the Coptic church of Alexandria (1904) Part 2: Peter I - Benjamin I (661 AD). Patrologia Orientalis 1 pp. 383-518 (pp.119-256 of text)
  2. ^ CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: The Church of Alexandria
Preceded by
Athanasius I
Pope of Alexandria
373–380
Succeeded by
Timothy I


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