Paul (Lyngris) of Memphis

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His Eminence, the Most Reverend Paul (Lyngris) is the Elder Archbishop of Memphis, within the Church of Alexandria. His see is 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, 1968.

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 Helan in Johannesburg. The medal is the highest award of the ancient Patriarchate.

In addition to his native Greek, His Eminence speaks Arabic, English, and French.