Anba Epiphanius, the Coptic Orthodox bishop of Alexandria and the Abbot of Saint Macarius the Great monastery, was found lying dead in a pool of blood at the monastery, earlier this week.
“Investigations are now ongoing, and we await the outcome," the note issued by the Coptic Church read.
Condoling his demise, Archbishop Angaelos of London, belonging to the Coptic Orthodox Church tweeted: “Mourning the tragic death of our brother and friend… A kind and gentle man, and a faithful shepherd and theologian… Praying repose for his spirit and comfort for his monastic community.”
Egypt has long been under the influence of “sectarian violence”, with around 128 Christians sacrificing their lives for faith and many more driven out from their homes, the past year.
Lisa Pearce, the UK CEO of Open Doors, an international charity organization supporting the persecuted Christians over the world, had said in an earlier statement that the nation is dealing with “unprecedented levels of persecution and suppression”.