The See of St. Mark the Apostle
The home of St. Mark the Apostle is well known in all Apostolic Churches as the first church in the world. Being the writer of one of the four Holy Gospels and also being one of the 70 Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, St. Mark has been the cornerstone for preaching Christianity in Europe and North Africa.
Founded by St. Mark the Apostle, in the first century, in Egypt, the Coptic orthodox church is one of the most ancient christian churches to exist. For several generations, the church has carefully preserved many Apostolic doctrines, traditions and ways of worship, introduced from the time of St. Mark.
Having entered Egypt in 61 AD, St. Mark began his mission to preach the word of God to all those that he came across, including Ananias the cobbler and his family. In 62 AD, before St. Mark left Egypt, he ordained Ananias as Bishop and founded a church in Crypt, where the Holy family resided in during their travels in Egypt. Upon the return of St. Mark in Egypt, after the martyrdom of St. Peter and St. Paul, St. Mark ordained three priests and seven deacons to assist Bishop Ananias, as well as opening more churches around Egypt.
St. Mark preached more about Christianity within the land of Egypt for another seven years, before he was martyred by the pagan Egyptians in 68 AD. St. Mark is the first of the unbroken line of Patriarchs of the Coptic orthodox church. His Holiness Pope Tawadros II is the present Patriarch, being the 118th Pope of Alexandria.