118th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II was born on November 4th, 1952 in the city of Mansoura, Egypt. His name was Wagih Sobhy Baky Soliman. His father was an irrigation engineer and his family moved around lower and upper Egypt, during his childhood, from Mansoura to Sohag and then to Damanhour.
He received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1975 from Alexandria University and earned a fellowship for the World Health Organization from the British International Health Institute in England in 1985. He attended the Coptic Theological Seminary and graduated in 1983. He then worked as a manager in a pharmaceutical company in Damanhour that was owned by the Ministry of Health.
His Holiness’s life has always revolved around church since his youth; he wished to live the monastic life. He entered the Monastery of St. Pishoy in Wadi El Natroun, Egypt on August 20th, 1986. He was ordained a monk on July 31st, 1988 and a priest on December 23rd, 1989.
Two months later, he started serving with H.E. Metropolitan Pakhomius of Beheira on February 15th, 1990. He was ordained a General Bishop by the name Tawadros on June 15th, 1997 by the Late H.H. Pope Shenouda III to assist H.E. Metropolitan Pakhomius. Bishop Tawadros focused on the ministry of childhood. He was in charge of the Holy Synod’s committee of the childhood ministry. He participated in preparing the annual country-wide children’s festival known as “Mahragan El Keraza.” Before assuming the papacy, He wrote twelve books.
His Holiness was enthroned by the name Pope Tawadros II, as the 118th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark on November 19th, 2012 at St. Mark Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt.
The enthronement was presided by H.E. Metropolitan Pakhomius of Beheira, other metropolitans and bishops of the Coptic Church; and was attended by many delegates of Christian Churches and dignitaries in addition to thousands of Copts. May the Lord preserve him for many years and peaceful times and confirm him on his throne to shepherd His people.