The Coptic Church was established in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ by St. Mark the Evangelist in the city of Alexandria around 43 A.D. The church adheres to the Nicene Creed. St. Athanasius (296-373 A.D.), the twentieth Pope of the Coptic Church effectively defended the Doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ’s Divinity at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. His affirmation of the doctrine earned him the title; “Father of Orthodoxy” and St. Athanasius “the Apostolic”.

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Additional Information

The Holy Family in Egypt

Establishment of the Church of Alexandria

The Land of Egypt in the Holy Scriptures

Historical Contributions of the Copts

Condensed History of the Coptic Church from Pentecost to the Catechetical School (c. 33-180 A.D.)

A Brief History of Coptic Monasticism

The Copts Today