== Istoric ==
De la [[schisma]] generată de controversele politice şi [[hristologice|hristologice]] în cadrul [[celui de-al IV-lea Sinod Ecumenic de la Calcedon]] (451 A.D.), ramura Bisericii din Alexandria fidelă Hristologiei Calcedoniene folosea ca limbă liturgică greaca, majoritatea populaţiei native (adică copticii) şi descendenţii lor moderni devenind parte a '''[[Bisericii Coptice din Alexandria|
Biserica Ortodoxă Coptică]]''' (mai exact, [[Ortodoxă Orientală şi Non-Calcedoniană]]).
The Church Today == In recent years, a considerable missionary effort was enacted by Pope [[ Petros VII ( Papapetrou) of Alexandria| Petros VII]]. During his seven years as patriarch (1997-2004), he worked tirelessly to spread the Orthodox Christian [[ faith]] in Arab nations and throughout Africa, raising up native [[ clergy]] and encouraging the use of local languages in the liturgical life of the Church. Missions spread and thrived in Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Cameroon , and elsewhere across the African continent.
Particularly sensitive to the nature of Christian expansion into [[ Islam| Muslim]] countries, His Beatitude worked to promote mutual understanding and respect between Orthodox Christians and Muslims. His efforts were ended as the result of a helicopter crash on [[ September 11]], 2004, in the Aegean Sea near Greece, killing him and several other clergy, including Bishop [[ Nektarios (Kellis) of Madagascar|Nektarios of Madagascar]], another bishop with a profound missionary vision.
Today, some 300 ,000 Orthodox Christians comprise the Patriarchate of Alexandria, the highest number since the [[Roman Empire]]. The current primate of the Church of Alexandria is His Beatitude [[ Theodoros II (Choreftakis) of Alexandria|Theodoros II]], Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa.
See also ==*[[ Orthodoxy in Africa]]
External Links ==*[http://www.greekorthodox-alexandria.org/ The Patriarchate of Alexandria] ( Official site)*[http://www.greece.org/gopatalex/SA/ Archbishopric of Johannesburg and Pretoria]*[http://www.greekorthodox-alexandria.org/History/list_patr.htm List of Patriarchs]*[http://www.greekorthodox-alexandria.org/History/hist_patr.htm History of the Patriarchate]*[http://www.cnewa.org/ecc-bodypg.aspx?eccpageID=14&IndexView=toc Eastern Christian Churches: Patriarchate of Alexandria] by Ronald Roberson, a Roman Catholic priest and scholar