Coptic Orthodox Church in Asia

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The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria has many churches and congregations in the continent of Asia

As Egypt is the only Afro-Asian country then all the Coptic Orthodox Eparchies in the peninsula of Sinai are in Asia


Two Eparchies, each lead by a Bishop.

El Arish and All North Sinai

His Grace Kosman (Cosmas), Bishop of the Holy Diocese of El Arish (Rhinocorura), El Qantarah and all North Sinai.

El-Tor and all South Sinai

His Grace Apollo, Bishop of the Holy Diocese of El-Tor (Raithu), Sharm El Sheikh and all South Sinai


His Eminence Abraham, Metropolitan of the Holy and Great City of Our Lord, Jerusalem, Holy Zion, Archbishop of the Holy Archdiocese of Jerusalem, All Palestine, Philadelphia of Jordan and all the Near East.

This Archdiocese has many churches in Israel, the Palestenian territories, Libanon, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Yemen.

This great archdiocesan Metropolis is technically outside the Egyptian Province and was not originally counted within the jurisdiction of the Pope of Alexandria and it was created by Pope Cyril III (1235-1243) in the Thirteenth Century, which, at that time, had caused a dispute between the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch.[1]. This was a very rare incident between the two sister churches as in general their relationship is one of the strongest between any two sister churches. [2]

The Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan of Jerusalem is the only Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan who is consecrated as a Metropolitan Archbishop without being consecrated a bishop first then elevated to the Metropolitan rank later as is the norm in all episcopal consecration according to the tradition of the Church of Alexandria. This has been the case since Cyril III consecrated Metropolitan Basilius as the first Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan of Jerusalem and All the Near East.

East Asia

This wide area comes under the Diocese of Sydney, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory and All East Asia whose Hierarch is His Grace Daniel, Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Sydney, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and All East Asia.


Japan falls under the Coptic jurisdiction served by H.G. Bishop Daniel of Sydney and affiliated regions since 2002 [1].

Father Thomas Kanazaki (Japanese born Coptic priest) has been appointed to be the first serving Coptic priest in Japan, serving St. George Coptic Orthodox Church, Japan, the first altar for the Coptic Orthodox Church in this country. There is a Coptic Orthodox Japan Network set up in order to connect members of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Japan.

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  1. History of the Coptic Church, Iris Habib Elmasry
  2. History of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Abouna Menassa Elkomos Youhanna 1923

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