The Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan of Milan, Anba Kyrillos, passed away on Monday 14 August, at age 65. He died peacefully in his sleep; he was late getting up in the morning, which worried those in the house. They finally decided to go wake him up, but found he had died in his sleep.
Anba Kyrillos was papal representative in Europe. He was brother to Anba Boutros, Bishop of Shebin al-Qanater.
The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church, headed by Pope Tawadros II, made an announcement of the passing away of Anba Kyrillos, saying that his soul now rests in peace with all the righteous who await the divine promise of eternity with the saints, and praying for comfort to the clergy and congregation of Milan and to all who loved the late Bishop.
On his Facebook timeline, Pope Tawadros mourned Anba Kyrillos: “Today the Coptic Church has lost an honourable metropolitan, and I lost a sincere friend and dear brother.” He posted a number of photographs they had had together.
Members of Milan congregation have been posting loving messages of their late pastor. “Anba Kyrillos lived peacefully, and departed from our world quietly,” one blogger posted.
In the last sermon he delivered, Anba Kyrillos had talked of the necessity of being prepared to meet Christ. “We will depart suddenly,” he said, “believe me, quite suddenly.”
The body of the late Metropolitan will be laid out in the church of St Shenouda the Archimandrite in Milan, for the congregation to pay him their last respects. He will then be flown to Cairo where Pope Tawadros will preside over his funeral service.
Anba Kyrillos was born Halim Nashed Athanasius in the southern city of Sohag on 15 October 1952, and earned a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from Minya University in 1977. After graduation, he engaged in voluntary service with the Church in the villages of Minya; during that time he got to know Anba Arsanius, Metropolitan of Minya, who charged him with ministering to young people. In 1979 he took orders in the Western Desert Monastery of the Holy Virgin, al-Baramos, under the name Fr Kyrillos al-Baramosi, and was ordained a priest in February 1980. In June 1986, Fr Kyrillos was consecrated Bishop-General by Pope Shenouda III and served in Minya till the Pope assigned him in 1990 to supervise the Coptic monastery in Milan. In June 1996, he was seated Bishop of Milan, the first Coptic Orthodox parish in Italy. On 28 December 2012, Pope Tawadros II appointed Anba Kyrillos his papal representative in Europe, and made him Metropolitan on 28 February 2016.
15 August 2017