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O'Mahony, Anthony (2007) Tradition at the heart of Renewal: the Coptic Orthodox Church and monasticism in Modern Egypt. International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, Special Issue: New Perspectives on Monasticism , 7 (3), pp. 164-178. [Journal Article]

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1080/14742250701535218
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    Abstract

    The Egyptian desert is not only the home of monasticism but of monastic revival which is at the heart of the reform and renewal of the Coptic Orthodox Church. This monastic revival is not the work of one person but of a series of spiritual gifted individuals, in particular Patriarch Cyril VI (1902–1971), Matta el-Meskeen (1919–2006) and the current Patriarch Shenouda III (elected in 1971), who have demonstrated leadership and vision in shaping Coptic Christianity in the modern era. The monastic renewal has also been made possible by the growth in monastic vocations, both male and female, which have made this structural renaissance possible in the Coptic Church. Members of the episcopate in the Coptic tradition are chosen from the ranks of the monks, thus the spiritual character of monastic renewal has become the face of the Church. Today the monasteries are intimately integrated into parish life and the ascetic and spiritual reading of the Desert Fathers have found a new home in the wider Coptic Christian community.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, Special Issue: New Perspectives on Monasticism
    Department: Theology
    Depositing User: Mr Anthony O’Mahony
    Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2012 12:17
    Last Modified: 18 Apr 2012 12:17
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/1714

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