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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 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, eccliastic hymns and psalmody. He was very intelligent and eager to learn everything.
In 1870, Fr. Paul was asked to leave the monastery after five years in charge of it.
He went with four of his students to Cairo to meet Anba Marcos the Bishop, and Metropolitan of El-Behira, who was at that time the Acting Pope. They were directed to go to the Monastery of Anba Bishoy at the Natroun-Valley in the western desert of Egypt, where they remained for a short period. Afterwards they went to the next-door El-Baramous Monastery in 1871. At that time the president of this monastery was Fr. John, who later became Pope Kyrillos V. He was so glad to receive them, and offered them a place to stay.
Fr. Paul devoted all his time to praying and study, but his deep love for the poor people did not end. He loved the hostile Arabs (Bedouins) who were living in the area of the monastery and he shared with them everything he had, even his clothes.
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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