Fr. Daren, could you please explain his relationship with the Roman Catholic Church? Eternal rest grant unto him. Amen
A good question, Gary. I hope this helps:The late Pope Shenouda III was the Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church.Following the Council of Chalcedon in A.D. 451, the Coptic Christians separated from the [Catholic] Church. After this separation the two Churches expressed their belief in the natures of Christ in different terminologies. For more than a millennium the Coptic Christians were said to have accepted the heresy of monophysitism, meaning that the only belief in one nature in Christ (the [Catholic] Church believes that in Christ there is both a human nature and a divine nature, which are inseparably united in him). In more recent years, this misunderstanding of doctrine has been rectified.Still, full union with the Bishop of Rome – so far as I know – has not yet been attained.As the Patriarch of Alexandria, the Pope of the Coptic Church is held to be the Successor of Saint Mark, who established the Church at Alexandria.