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Pope Michael IV of Alexandria

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Pope Michael IV of Alexandria (also known as Khail IV) was the 68th Coptic Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark (9 October 1092 - 25 May 1102).

He was initially a monk at the Monastery of Saint Macarius the Great in Scetes. He later went to a place near Singar, where he lived in a cave for more than 20 years. On 12 Paopi, 809 A.M. (9 October 1092 A.D.), he was ordained Pope of Alexandria. He was known for his love of the poor and needy, and for spending the church money on paying the Jizya for those Copts who could not afford to pay it, so that they could keep their Christianity.

The Arabic historian al-Makin is quoted by later historians as recounting that Pope Michael IV made a journey to Ethiopia to ask that country's Emperor to allow the Nile to flood to its normal levels, which would end the current famine. Trimingham dismisses this as only a legend.1

Michael IV departed on 30 Pashons, 818 A.M. (25 May 1102 A.D.) He remained on the Throne of Saint Mark for 9 years, 7 months, and 17 days.

The Seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria was in The Hanging Church during his papacey.


  1. J. Spencer Trimingham, Islam in Ethiopia (Oxford: Geoffrey Cumberlege for the University Press, 1952), p. 65n.


Preceded by
Cyril II
Coptic Pope
Succeeded by
Macarius II
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