The great martyr St. Mina was an Egyptian young man who came from a large family, with rulers' status. He left the army to live in the desert and be filled with the blessings of the heavens. He then publicly declared his faith in Christ and was martyred for Christ's beloved name, after suffering great tribulations.


God declared the greatness of this saint through the blessings from his relics and countless miracles at Mariut, Egypt. Several churches were built in his name, in that area, the largest of which was the great Cathedral (Basilica) built with seven altars by the Roman emperor Arcadius. He built it with marble and precious stones, and along with the other churches in the area, it attracted many pilgrims who visited the site to receive the blessings of St. Mina. The area turned into a city with homes, mansions, factories, markets and much more. This shows us the saint's rank among Church saints.

       Time passed and the area along with its churches faced tribulations, then destruction. Saint Mina's relics were moved from city to city in threat of being lost, but God has preserved this saint's relics from many dangers that have never come collectively across any other saint's relics; St. Mina's relics have been thrown into fire and did not burn, but instead shone a bright light. Every time these relics were lost or moved to another place, God would show that they are the relics of his beloved soldier, the martyr St. Mina.


       Therefore, there is no doubt that it was God who guided the late Pope Kyrillos (Cyril) VI to revive the glorious memory of this magnificent saint, and to bring back life to that land (Mariut) which St. Mina had once filled with life and miracles. What Pope Cyril did was a noble accomplishment, which was itself a miracle (more than anything) that God used to keep this saint's memory alive. St. Mina's memory was brought back in an extraordinary way that has left a flame burning in many people's hearts, until this very day.

       The Pope's relationship with St. Mina goes back to the years of his childhood. When he was ordained a monk, it was God's will that Anba Youaness ordained him with the name Mina, in the Baramos monastery. He became closer to St. Mina, by using him as an example and praying for his intercession. When he was forced to leave the windmill, he built a church in the saint's name in Old Cairo; but that was not enough to quench his fire of love for this saint. He kept sending requests for permission from the agency of Archaeology to live in the lower room of St. Mina's ancient church in Mariut (Abu Mena). His wait for an answer was prolonged, but he remained persistent until he received the approval, after the altar lot had announced him to be the new Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. This was a sign from heaven that the Pope understood: that he would not live in a room, which he remained persistent in getting, but instead he would liven up the whole area after becoming Pope of Alexandria.