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Five Remaining Candidates for the Papal Seat 118th

H.G. Bishop Rafael

General Bishop of Central Cairo

He is the general Bishop of Churches of Central Cairo. Anba Rafael is loved because of his calm

demeanor in times of political turbulence

and.the manner in which he avoids mixing politics with religion. Anba Rafael was born Michael Erian Hakeem on

May 6 th , 1958. He graduated from Ain Shams Uni., School of Medicine in Cairo Egypt in 1982

and earned a bachelors degree in clerical studies

in 1984.

His Eminence was ordained a monk in August of 1987 in St. Mary's Monastery known as The Baramos Monastery in August 1987, and was named Fr. Youstus the Baramousy. Anba Rafael was in charge of the clinic as well as greeting the visitors of the monastery. He was ordained a priest on May 18 th , 1995, then a general bishop of the churches in Central Egypt by the name of Rafael on June 15, 1997

H.G. Bishop Rafael General Bishop of Central Cairo • He is the general Bishop of Churches

H. G. Bishop Tawadros

General Bishop of the State of the Bohira

His Eminence is the general Bishop for

the State of the El-Bohira. He was born

on November 13 th , 1952 by the name of: Wageeh Sobhy Baky Soliman in El Mansoura. His Eminence had one brother and two sisters. Wageeh earned a bachelors degree of Pharmacy

at Alexandria University in June 1975

and the membership of International

Health society of England in June

  • 1985. Anba Tawadros was ordained a

monk on July 31 st , 1988 at St Bishoy

Monastery and was later ordained a priest in December of 1989. He served in the El-Boheera state in Feb. 1990 and was ordinaed as a general Bishop in June 15 th , 1997

H. G. Bishop Tawadros General Bishop of the State of the Bohira • His Eminence is

Hegumen Fr. Rafael, Ava Mina

Father Rafael was the private disciple of the Late Pope Kyrillos VI from 1965 till 1969. He was born

by the name: Raffael Soby Tawfik on September

8 th , 1942 in Rod El Farag, Cairo, Egypt. He graduated from the school of Law at Ain Shams

University in 1964. Shortly after his graduation, he was selected by Pope Kyrillos VI on January 28 th , 1965 to be his private disciple and special deacon. Father Rafael was then ordained as a monk in St Mina Monastery on August 7 th , 1969. He continued to serve in the headquarters of the monastery in Cairo from 1986 til 1994. Father Rafael was the first one to care for the reconstruction of the center. He was ordained as a hegumen in 2001. Father Rafael continues to

live a life of seclusion and shares the same line of

thinking of the late Pope Kyrillos VI. Father Rafaels’ knowledge extends far beyond the scope of the Coptic Orthodox Church as he is well versed in the teachings and beliefs of other religions.

Hegumen Fr. Rafael, Ava Mina • Father Rafael was the private disciple of the Late Pope

Hegumen Fr. Seraphim, El-Soryany

Father Seraphim was

born on1959 in Cairo by

the name of Aziz Ghaly

Sabry Aziz. He graduated from the school of science in Ain Shams

University and worked as

a research associate in the American Medical Reserch center in Cairo

before he was ordained

as a monk in 1993 in St Mary Monastery

Hegumen Fr. Seraphim, El-Soryany • Father Seraphim was born on1959 in Cairo by the name of

Hegumen Fr. Pachomios, El-Soryany

Father Pachomios was

born on 1963 in Aswan by

the name of: Maged Karam Saleh Lawendy. He was awarded the

bachelors degree in

teaching and later worked as a Math. teacher before he was ordained as a

monk in 1992 at St. Mary

Monastery known as “El- Soryany

Hegumen Fr. Pachomios, El-Soryany • Father Pachomios was born on 1963 in Aswan by the name

We must all share in praying that

God may grant us a new shepherd to

shepherd His flock in peace