August 20, 2012

Conflict Between Church and State: An Eighth Century Episode during the Patriarchate of Abba Mennas I (766-774)

The conflict between the secular rulers and the Church in Egypt is a constant and recurring danger in the life of the Church. A revealing episode takes us back to the eighth century during the patriarchate of Abba Menas I (766-774), the forty-seventh Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. The episode is narrated by B. Evetts in The History of the Patriarchs of the Coptic Church, published in the Patrologia Orientalis, T. X, Fasc. – …

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