RUFA’IL AL-TUKHI (1701-1787)
A Bishop, scholar. He was born in Gerga in Upper Egypt to a Coptic family. He converted to Catholicism in his early 20s and was sent to Rome, where he obtained a doctorate in theology in 1735. He was appointed a professor at the collegio and taught Coptic language and Church rites for more than 36 years.
In Rome, he published a Coptic grammar and a number of Coptic liturgical books provided by an Arabic translation. Pope Clement XIII ordained him bishop in 1761. He was buried at the Vatican.