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Abraam of Fayoum

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== Biography ==
[[Image:AnbaAbraam.jpg|thumb|Rare photo of Anba Abraam (1829-1914 A.D.)]] The child Paul (Boulos) Gabriel was born in 1829 A.D. (1545 A.M. - [ Coptic calendar]) in Calad, a village in Upper Egypt. His parents were righteous and loved God.
They sent him to the Church School. His teacher Raphael took care of him, taught him reading, writing, arithmetic, the Holy Scriptures and psalms, ecclesiastic hymns and psalmody. He was very intelligent and eager to learn everything.
After two months he recovered completely, and went out to the Church, praising God. The Bishop's house was very crowded. The people held the palm leaves and they were waving the olive branches with joy, when they heard of his recovery.
Our blessed father Anba Abraam departed to Paradise on Thursday 9 June 1914 (2 [ Baounah ] 1630 A.M. - Coptic month/calendar) after sunset (i.e., onset of 10 June 1914).
More than ten thousand persons attended his funeral, both Christians and Moslems (twenty five thousand persons in some accounts). But the history of Anba Abraam has not ended. In every Egyptian home there is still a lot to be told about him, for he was trully a God-loving man. The saint's body is preserved at the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of El-Fayoum in Egypt.

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