HOW COPTIC CHRISTIANS CAME TO BE
- The Coptic Church is a direct establishment as an Apostolic church, whose founder is St. Mark, one of the 70 Apostles of Christ.
- St. Mark came to Alexandria in 48 AD, and was martyred in 68 AD.
- During this time he established the church of Alexandria, ordained the first Bishop (Anianus), who later became the second Patriarch of the Coptic church.
- Pope Tawadros, the 118th Patriarch succeeding St. Mark, is the present Pope of the Coptic Church