The health of Anba Pachomeus, Bishop of Beheira and Pentapolis who is under treatment in a London hospital from meningoencephalitis has lately shown marked improvement. According to Anba Pimen, Bishop of Naqada and Qous, who had accompanied him to London, Anba Pachomeus’s fever has subsided and he has regained consciousness.
Today, Bishop of Youth Anba Moussa and Secretary General of the Coptic Holy Synod Anba Raphail both talked to Anba Pachomeus on the phone. He asked about the people of Egypt, and especially about his congregation in Beheira. He had been flown to London some two weeks ago suffering from high fever that had persisted for about three weeks earlier.
Anba Pachomeus, Bishop of Beheira and Pentapolis, is the second most senior bishop in the Coptic Church, the most senior being Anba Mikhail of Assiut who suffers from poor health. Anba Pachomeus was acting patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church between March 2012 when Pope Shenouda III passed away till November 2012 when Pope Tawadros II was enthroned. It was a critical, tumultuous period of time during which Egypt was under an oppresssive Muslim Brotherhood regime. Anba Pachomeus carried his responsibility with such wisdom, dedication, and strength that won him the love and respect of not only the Coptic congregation but also of all Egyptians.
His parishioners in Beheira had observed a period of fasting and prayers for the recovery of their Bishop.
Pope Tawadros had visited Anba Pachomeus who is his spiritual father and mentor at the Cairo al-Salam Hospital more than once before he was flown to London, and prayed for him.
13 September 2014