Coptic Catholic Church

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Coptic Catholic Church
Classification Catholic
Orientation Eastern Catholic, Alexandrian Rite
Polity Episcopal
Organizational structure Patriarchal
Leader Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak
Associations Congregation for the Oriental Churches
Geographical areas Egypt, with communities in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America
Separated from Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria
Branched from Catholic Church
Congregations 161 (2010)
Members 163,630 (2010)
Ministers 243[1]
Official Website coptcatholic.net

The Coptic Catholic Church is a church in full communion with the Pope in Rome instead of the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. The church has about 162,000 members (as of 2007). Most of the members are in Egypt. Coptic Catholics are seen as a schism from the Coptic Orthodox Church. They left that church in order to come into full communion with the Catholic Church. The current Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria is Archbishop Antonios Naguib.

In 1990, Coptic Catholic sources estimated that there were about 10,000 followers in countries other than Egypt. These followers are under the care of local Latin Rite bishops. There are Coptic Catholic parishes in: Paris, Montréal, New York City, Los Angeles, Sydney, and Melbourne.

History[change | change source]

In 1741, a Coptic bishop in Jerusalem named Anba Athanasius became a Catholic. Pope Benedict XIV appointed him Vicar Apostolic of the small community (approximately 2,000 people) who also became Catholics. Although Athanasius returned to the Coptic Orthodox Church later, a line of Catholic Vicars Apostolic continued after him.

Sources[change | change source]

  1. Roberson, Ronald G.. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2010". Eastern Catholic Churches Statistics. Catholic Near East Welfare Association. http://www.cnewa.org/source-images/Roberson-eastcath-statistics/eastcatholic-stat10.pdf. Retrieved 28 December 2011.

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