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A Papal hat trick?

14 March 2013

There seems to be intense speculation on who the next Pope of Rome will be, with bookies taking bets, and comments on Facebook and other social media sites.

But whoever he turns out to be, I suggest that there is only one possible choice for his name — Theodore II.

His Beatitude Theodoros II, Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa

His Beatitude Theodoros II, Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa

That would make a papal hat trick, since we already have two popes with that name:

His Beatitude Theodoros II of Alexandria, is the current Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa. He was elected following the untimely death of Patriarch Petros VII in September 2004.

In the wake of the death of Patriarch Petros and other senior bishops in a helicopter crash in the Aegean Sea, Theodore was unanimously elected on October 9, 2004 by the Synod of the Alexandrian Throne as Patriarch. The enthronement ceremony took place at the Cathedral of Annunciation in Alexandria, on Sunday, October 24, 2004, in the presence of distinguished religious and civilian representatives and a great number of faithful (Wikipedia).

2TheoIIPope Theodoros II (in Arabic: ‏البابا تواضروس الثاني) is the 118th Coptic Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark since he took office on November 18, 2012, a fortnight after being selected. in succession to his predecessor Shenouda III.

Pope Theodoros II was born Waǧīh Ṣubḥī Bāqī Sulaymān (وجيه صبحى باقى سليمان) on 4 November 1952 in the city of Mansoura in Egypt.[2] He studied at the University of Alexandria, where he received a degree in pharmacy in 1975.[5] After a few years of managing a state-owned pharmaceutical factory, he joined the Monastery of Saint Pishoy in Wadi Natrun to study theology for two years. He was ordained priest in 1989 (Wikipedia).

There, I think I’ve even beaten The Onion Dome in making this suggestion for ecumenical rapprochement.

Update: But it seems that the opportunity has been missed and he has decided to call himself Francis instead.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Irulan permalink
    14 March 2013 8:44 am

    This isn’t at all germane but I’ve always wondered about the figure of speech, an ‘untimely death.’ At the funerals of children or politically significant people, one may also hear that a person was ‘taken before his / her time.’ Any accident is untimely, I suppose, and a lot depends on your ontological views of fate, karma, or predestination.

  2. 14 March 2013 9:38 pm

    Thanks for compiling and linking to further information on the Greek Orthodox Pope of Africa. He looks like a gentle soul.

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