Egypt executes a defrocked monk for killing Coptic bishop

Egypt executes a defrocked monk for killing Coptic bishop Mon, May. 10, 2021
CAIRO – 9 May 2021: The Egypt Prison Authority executed on Sunday a former monk, who was found guilty of killing Bishop Epiphanius, the late head of the Saint Macarius Monastery in Wadi El-Natroun.

On July 1, 2020, the Court of Cassation upheld a death sentence against former monk Wael Saad (formerly known as Monk Ash’eyaa) and sentenced another monk Raymond Rasmi Mansour (Faltaous al-Makary) to life imprisonment (25 years in jail), for premeditated murder charges.

Saad and Mansour were stripped of their monkhood shortly after the bishop was killed and before it was announced that they were officially charged with murder.

Bishop Epiphanius was found dead on July 29, 2018, inside the monastery. The two monks reportedly confessed their crime.

Following the death of Bishop Epiphanius, Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria issued new monasticism laws, topping which is the deactivation of the social media accounts of all monks and bishops.

The death of Bishop Epiphanius revealed the struggle between the school of late Pope Shenouda and the ecclesiastical school of late Mathew the poor.