Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa

Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa
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FounderThe Apostle and Evangelist Mark
IndependenceApostolic Era
PrimatePatriarch Theodore II of Alexandria
HeadquartersAlexandria and Cairo in Egypt
LanguageGreek, Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and many African dialects
Members~150,000 - 200,000 in Greek Patriarchate of Alexandria (Official site)

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa (Greek: Πατριαρχεῖον Ἀλεξανδρείας καὶ πάσης Ἀφρικῆς, Patriarcheîon Alexandreías kaì pásēs Aphrikês) is an autocephalous Byzantine Rite jurisdiction of the Eastern Orthodox Church, having the African continent as its canonical territory.

It is commonly called the Greek or "Eastern" Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria to distinguish it from the Coptic or "Oriental" Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria. Members of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate were once known as Melkites, because they remained in communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople after the schism that followed the Council of Chalcedon in 451.

Mark the Evangelist is considered the founder of the See, and the Patriarchate's emblem is the Lion of Saint Mark.

Leader of the church

The head bishop of the Patriarchate of Alexandria is the Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa. His full title is "His Most Divine Beatitude the Pope and Patriarch of the Great City of Alexandria, Libya, Pentapolis, Ethiopia, all the land of Egypt, and all Africa, Father of Fathers, Shepherd of Shepherds, Prelate of Prelates, thirteenth of the Apostles, and Judge of the Œcumene". Like the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria and the Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria, he claims to have succeeded the Apostle Mark the Evangelist in the office of Bishop of Alexandria, who founded the Church in the 1st century, and therefore marked the beginning of Christianity in Africa. It is one of the five ancient patriarchates of the early church, called the Pentarchy. The seat of the Patriarchate is the Cathedral of the Annunciation, also known as the Cathedral of Evangelismos, in Alexandria.

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