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When the monastery of St. Samuel was restored, he left thatarea and moved to a deserted windmill south of Cairo (the windmill belonged tothe Army, and long after, it was revealed that he paid a nominal rent for itwhen he found out that it belonged to the Army). This is near the historicregion of "Masr Al-Kadema" (ancient Cairo). He restored the place andbuilt a small residence and a church on the name of St. Mena his patron saint.He found himself surronded with college students, many of them are from outsideCairo, so, he started a dormitory for students who neede this service. Thisinformal program produced the first church affiliated dorm in modern times inEgypt, and produced countless church leaders, some of whom are our presentbishops, priests, and Laity leaders. The likes of His Holiness Pope Shenouda(his successor), the late bishop Samuel, .. etc.
After the abduction of his predecessor, the late popeYoussab (Joseph) II by militant Copts, the church was in great turmoil whichdid not last long, because it was the will of God the pope Youssab departedshortly thereafter.
In April, 1959, Fr. Mena Al-Mota-Wahed was elected pope andpatriarch through the unique process used in the Coptic Church to elect a pope.Candidates for the honorable position are nominated, three or four of thenominees are elected by the Holy Synod as most qualified. The final selectionis left to the will of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, by placing thenames on the altar during the appointed day of final selection. A young deaconis then asked to draw a name which is then the one chosen by God from among thequalified candidates for this high calling.
In May, 1959, Fr. Mena became pope and patriarch by thelaying of the hands of all the bishops of the Coptic Church at the time, he wascalled pope Kyrillos VI (That means that five popes before him were calledKyrillos. The first pope Kyrillos is Cyril of Alexandria the pillar of faith).
During his tenure as patriarch, many were attracted tomonastic life and to the priesthood by his good example and sincere life style.As a teen-ager growing in Egypt at the time I used to attend Vespers regularlyat the Great St. Mark Cathedral (Al-darb Al-wasse) in Cairo where his holinesslead the prayers and many of us had the blessing of seeing him, talking to him,and getting his blessings. He always paid attention to the people and spentmany hours blessing and chatting with young and old. He always encouraged usduring exams seasons, and prayed for our success. No wonder many joined thepriesthood from the ranks of college graduates in all fields which waspreviously not considered the thing to do! Many books have been written abouthis life, wonders and miracles. The author recommends the publications of PopeKyrillos the VI Society which are published originally in Arabic and translatedto many live languages (English, French, German, .. etc.). We are going tomention just a few, some have not published elsewhere and was related to theauthor by relatives and friends:
His Holiness had the gift of knowledge, so one day, he wasvisited by two men, one was well known to his holiness. When the gentlemanintroduced his friend to his holiness, Pope Kyrillos looked at the man andsaid: "Why don't you like us?" I love you and like to see you herealways. The man was very ashamed because he thought evil of our beloved popeand had argued with his friend about the use of meeting a 'simple' man. Thisman became a great admirer of Anba Kyrillos and his son was healed fromterrible illness through the prayers of Anba Kyrillos.
Miracles of heeling and casting out of devils from anon-Christian young lady was related to me by a very dear relative. She was thedaughter of his boss in a textile factory near Alexandria. She was one of 22children, possessed by demons and was withering away. Her father loved her verymuch. He spent a fortune on real doctors and witch doctors as well, with noresults. On day, he called my relative to his office and said, you have"Sheik Kebeer" (Great Elder)? can you introduce me to him? Myrelative promised to arrange a meeting, he traveled to Cairo and arranged withthe pope's secretary a meeting for the afternoon of a specified date. He wassupposed to meet them at the door and introduce them to the staff to take themto the house of the patriarchate. The people were very anxious, they arrivedearly. His Holiness recognized them although he was not told (ordinarily,people were brought in, and they told him their needs). Anba Kyrillos calledthe young lady by her first name. Put his cross on her forehead, she fell downsobbing. From that moment on, she was completely whole.