• In July 2007, Abune Paulos, Patriarch of Ethiopia, visited Pope Shenouda in Cairo
    Pope Shenouda also visited the Ethiopian Patriarch in April 2008
    • Abune Paulos visited him for 2nd time in November 2008
    • He visited Eritrea 4 times in May 1998, September 2002, April and September 2004
    • Before his enthronement, Bishop Shenouda attended the 1st unofficial ecumenical dialogue between the Oriental Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Churches, in Vienna in September 1971
  • In May 1973, Pope Shenouda visited the late Pope Paul VI in Rome
  • This was the 1st meeting between an Alexandrine and Roman Pope in 1,500 years
  • Following this historic encounter, a joint commission was established to explore the road to full intercommunion between the 2 Apostolic Churches
  • Pope John Paul II of Rome visited him in Cairo in 2000
  • He emphasized that unity must be built on a unity of faith and not a unity of jurisdiction
  • As a result, he visited various sister Orthodox churches and their patriarchs, including Constantinople, Moscow, Romania, and Antioch
  • He was named head of the World Council of Churches for 7 years
  • He was chosen the president of the Middle East Council of Churches of the Eastern Orthodox Churches, and he was re-elected for 3 times
  • He is still working in theological dialogue with the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Swedish Lutheran, and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches 
  • He brought the relics of St. Athanasius back to Egypt, after 16 centuries, during his visit to Pope Paul VI in Rome 1973
  • He built a shrine for him under St. Mark Cathedral in Cairo
  • He consecrated the holy Myron 7 times
  • He was the 1st Coptic Pope to ordain:
    • Eritrean bishops to form their 1st Synod
    • French metropolitan and bishop to serve the affiliated French Orthodox Church
    • A British metropolitan to serve the affiliated British Orthodox Church
    • 7 South African priests to serve their congregations
    • 3 Caribbean priests to serve their congregations
  • He is the 1st Coptic Pope to spend 3 days weekly in the monastery to practice his monastic life
  • He is the 1st Coptic Pope to establish 2 Christian channels to serve the Copts in the Diaspora
  • He is the 1st Coptic Pope to establish an annual seminar for the Bishops and another for the clergy
  • He is:
    • A prominent religious leader
    • A profound theologian
    • A gifted preacher
    • A talented author
  • He is called:
    • Athanasius of the 20th century
    • Golden mouth of the 20th century
    • Pope of all Arabs

  • After fighting the good fight, he departed on Saturday March 17, 2012 (Baramhat 8, 1728) from health complications
    • U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute to Pope Shenouda as "an advocate for tolerance and religious dialogue."
    • He said in a statement issued by the White House, "We will remember Pope Shenouda III as a man of deep faith, a leader of a great faith, and an advocate for unity and reconciliatio...His commitment to Egypt's natioanl unity is also a testament to what can be accomplished when people of all religions and creeds work together."
    • He was one of 5 Coptic popes seated on the throne of St. Mark the Apostle for more than 40 years.