RUFA’IL AL-TUKHI (1701-1787)

A , 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 for more than 36 years.

In Rome, he published a Coptic grammar and a number of Coptic provided by an Arabic translation. XIII ordained him in 1761. He was buried at the Vatican.