Paul (Lyngris) of Memphis

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His Eminence, the Most Reverend Paul (Lyngris) was Archbishop of Memphis, within the Church of Alexandria, from 1998 until his repose in 2013. His see was Heliopolis, Cairo, in Egypt.


Born in 1920 in Kafr-el-Zayat, Egypt, the future Archbishop attended the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens. In 1940, he was ordained to the diaconate, and this was followed in 1952 by his ordination to the priesthood.

After serving for a period as a parish priest, he was assigned as a Vicar-General in Harare, Zimbabwe, from 1954. In 1996, during the interregnum period between the repose of Pope and Patriarch Parthenios III and his successor's election, Abp. Paul was elected as Deputy of the throne.

In 1968, he was elected Archbishop of Johannesburg and Pretoria, and was consecrated to the episcopate on November 29. On January 13, 1998, Abp. Paul was elected Archbishop of Memphis.

On May 18, 2008, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa awarded Abp. Paul the Highest Medal of the Archangel at the Church of Ss Constantine and Helen in Johannesburg. The medal is the highest award of the ancient Patriarchate.

In addition to his native Greek, His Eminence spoke Arabic, English, and French. Despota Paul reposed in the Lord in August 15, 2013.

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Paul (Lyngris) of Memphis
Preceded by:
Nicodemus of Johannesburg
Archbishop of Johannesburg
Succeeded by:
John of Johannesburg
Preceded by:
Dionysios of Leontopolis
Archbishop of Memphis
Succeeded by:
Nektarios II of Memphis
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