The health of Anba Pachomeus, Bishop of Beheira and Pentapolis who is under treatment in a London hospital from meningoencephalitis has now reached a stable condition. Anba Hedra, Bishop of Aswan, says that the doctors in charge of Anba Pachomeus have confirmed his significant improvement, but say he is on physiotherapy since he had been bed-bound for some four weeks when he was unconscious. Now that he has regained consciousness, the physiotherapists are working to get his muscles back in shape.
The Bishop of Beheira had been flown to London on 27August 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 oppressive 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. The Pope, who is on a pastoral visit to Canada, has also called the Bishop in London several times on the phone. In a call yesterday, Anba Pachomeus asked Pope Tawadros to pray that he would return to his parish and congregation soon.
23 September 2014