Pope John III departed on the year 405 of the martyrs (689 A.D.). He was the 40th patriarch of Alexandria.
This Holy Father was born in the city of Samannoud of the Gharbia governorate. He became a monk in the monastery of St Macarius in the wilderness of Scetis.
Pope Youannes was chosen for the papacy after the departure of Pope Agathon. He faced many hardships, especially from the Chalcedonians. Pope Youannes endured all hardships with humility and patience, praying to the Lord to protect His church.
When the affairs of the church were established and matters settled, he directed his attention to building the church of St Mark the Evangelist in Alexandria. He bought many properties as an endowment for this church.
Pope Youannes III became ill in his later life. He lived a long life and departed after remaining on the throne of St. Mark for 9 years.
Ruler: Yazid Ibn Muawiya (680–683), Muawiya Ibn Yazid (683–685), Abd Al-Malik Ibn Marwan (685–705)