|Oriental Orthodox (Non-Chalcedonian) perspective, which may differ from an Eastern Orthodox (Chalcedonian) understanding.|
During his papacy, sensing intimations of pressure from Roman Catholicism, the Coptic Church intensified her teaching, her preaching, and her pastoral work, and the Coptic Pope himself intensified his writing on matters of faith and doctrine. During the period, many private and public patriarchal libraries were founded.
When the Russian Czar sent his delegates to offer putting the Coptic Church under the protection of Caesar (the Czar), Pope Peter VII politely and graciously refused the proposal by asking, "Does your Caesar live forever?" When the envoy answered that he would die like all human beings, the Pope told him that he preferred that the Protector of the Church would be her true Shepherd, the King of Kings that does not die. The delegates admired the Pope's faith and patriotism, and left after taking his blessings.
Also during the papacy of this holy father, St. Sidhom Bishay  was martyred at the hands of Muslims in Damietta on March 25, 1844 A.D., after enduring extreme torture for the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. His martyrdom made it possible the raising of the Cross openly during Christian funeral processions, for this practice was previously forbidden.
|Pope of Alexandria (Coptic)|