||This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (April 2009)|
|Saint Heraclas of Alexandria|
|Patriarch of Alexandria|
|Honored in||Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Coptic Church|
Pope Heraclas of Alexandria served as the thirteenth Pope of Alexandria (head of the church that became the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Greek Church of Alexandria) between 232 and 248. He is commemorated in the Coptic Synaxarion on the 8th day of Koiak.
He has been identified as the first Bishop of Alexandria to carry the appellation of "Pope" (in Greek, Papás, a term, originally a form of address meaning 'Father', that the church of Rome did not use until the sixth century). The first known record of this designation being assigned to Heraclas is in a letter written by the bishop of Rome, Dionysius, to Philemon:
τοῦτον ἐγὼ τὸν κανόνα καὶ τὸν τύπον παρὰ τοῦ μακαρίου πάπα ἡμῶν Ἡρακλᾶ παρέλαβον. [I received this rule and ordinance from our blessed pope, Heraclas.]
- "Heraklas (232–248)". Official web site of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
|Pope of Alexandria
|This article about a bishop of the Early Church is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
|This Egyptian biographical article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
|This article about an Oriental Orthodox clergyman is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
|This article about a saint is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.