The Coptic Orthodox Church’s official spokesman, Father Boulos Halim, declared in a recent statement that Anba Pachomeus, Bishop of Beheira and Pentapolis suffers from meningoencephalitis. The Bishop, who is under treatment in a London hospital, is showing slight improvement, Fr Boulos said.
Anba Pachomeus was flown to London some two weeks ago on a medically-equipped EgyptAir plane, suffering from a high fever that had persisted for more than two weeks earlier.
“We pray for a speedy recovery for Anba Pachomeus, and for him to return to his parish and congregation as soon as possible,” Fr Halim said.
Some three weeks ago, Anba Pachomeus was admitted to al-Salam Hospital suffering from a high fever. The medical team treating him at al-Salam’s was able to bring the fever under control but decided he should go to London for further investigations and treatment. He left Cairo to London accompanied by Anba Pimen, Bishop of Qous and Naqada, and al-Salam doctors Mounir Rizkallah and Emad Shenouda.
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 visited Anba Pachomeus who is his spiritual father and mentor at al-Salam Hospital more than once and prayed for him.
9 September 2014