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Pope Shenouda III
- Date of birth: August 03, 1923
- Died: March 17, 2012
- Born: in Abnub, Asyut Governorate, Egypt.
- Description: H.H. Pope Shenouda III (Coptic: Ⲡⲁⲡⲁ Ⲁⲃⲃⲁ Ϣⲉⲛⲟⲩϯ ⲅ̅ Papa Abba Šenoude pimah šoumt , Arabic: بابا الإسكندرية شنودة الثالث Bābā al-Iskandarīyah Shinūdah al-Thālith; born Nazeer Gayed Roufail نظير جيد روفائيل ) was the 117th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark in the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria from his consecration on 14 November 1971 until death. Previously, as Father Antonios the Syrian, Pope Cyril VI appointed him to the bishopric of Christian Education and as Dean of the Coptic Orthodox Theological Seminary, and renamed him Shenouda in honour of the renowned scholar and writer in Coptic, Saint Shenouda the Archimandrite on 30 September 1962.
In 2000, Pope Shenouda III was awarded the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence by UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura.