Page 11, 9th December 1938

9th December 1938
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Page 11, 9th December 1938 — NEW EGYPTIAN BISHOP Consecration Breaks Precedents

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Organisations: Coptic Church
Locations: Cairo, Paris, Alexandria


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NEW EGYPTIAN BISHOP Consecration Breaks Precedents

From a Correspondent A single Bishop for five hundred square miles is little. However peripatetic he may be—and Mgr.

Khou.zain, Bishop of Thebes, and Administrator of the Patriarchate of Alexandria, is tireless—he cannot he everywhere. Yet this has been the condition of the Coptic Church ever since the death of Mgr. Bistauros four years ago.

At last the Pope has provided for the See of Hermopolis Magna (Minia

in Upper Egypt). On .July 8, 1938, he appointed Mgr. Guirguis Bat'aka to the post. His brother, Professor of Moral Theology in the Seminary of Tahta, has furnished the following outline of the new Bishop's career: He was born at Tahta in 1888 and received the name of Amin (Faithful) In Baptism. He went to the Christian Brothers' school in 1893, entered the seminary in 1903, and was ordained priest the 25th of June, 1911, He then became professor at the seminary, and after that parish priest successively of Abukurkass, of Manharl, and of Minia, where he remained from 1018 to 1926. Thereafter he was Vicar General in the same diocese until his episcopal promotion.


The consecration took place on October 16. It was unlike any other, an occasion of historic importance, in that for the first time since Christianity has existed in Egypt, a Bishop, whether Catholic or Orthodox, has been consecrated in Upper Egypt. This is a breach with the tradition of ten centuries' standing, which would have the Bishops of Egypt consecrated at Alexandria or Cairo.

For the first time too the consecration ceremony was performed by the Coptic Metropolitan, assisted by a Bishop of the Latin and one of the Syriac rite. This is Catholicity. The Church young, with the unageing youth of Christ, knows the secret and the significance of beginnings.

Those present included Mgr. Hirai, Bishop of the Suez Canal; Mgr. Ousta. Vicar of the Chaldean Patriarchate in Egypt; Mgr. Carlo Perico, Secretary of the Apostolic Delegation. The Orthodox Coptic Clergy were represented by the Coadjutor Bishop and several gammas larch-priests). Beyond the communion rails were the Mussulman civil and military authorities.


—Says French Cardinal.

Cardinal Verdier, Archbishop of Paris, presided last week at the animal dinner of the celebrated French review, the Revue des Deux Mondes.

In his after-dinner speech the Cardinal Said that " the French climate is not favourable to doctrines of violence and extermination, and the sun of France cannot shine on crimes committed in the name of strange ideologies."

"'With him a the Grand Old Man of the Vatican) " he added. " we wish to preserve for humanity the sacred principles of a wise libeetv, true fraternity, and Christian equality. . ."

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