Pope Tawadros II is the 118th and current Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, succeeding the late Pope Shenouda III. He took office on 18 November 2012, a fortnight after being selected on 4 November 2012.
Pope Tawadros II was born Wagih Sobhy Bakki Soliman on 4 November 1952 in the city of Mansoura in Egypt. He studied at the University of Alexandria, where he received a degree in pharmacy in 1975. He joined the Monastery of Saint Bishoy in Wadi Natrun to study theology for two years. He was ordained priest in 1989.
On 15 June 1997, he was consecrated as a general bishop by his predecessor Pope Shenouda III, with the Greek name of Theodoros, which translates to Tawadros in Coptic or Theodore in English. He was assigned to serve in the Diocese of Biheira in the northwestern Delta.