The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church is the highest religious authority in the Church. It is the source of religious legislation, interpretation and leadership.The Holy Synod convenes once per year on a regular basis, as well as for emergency meetings should the need arise.
The Synod currently has 128 members. These include Metropolitans, Diocesan Bishops, General Bishops, Abbots and Papal delegates.
The leader of the Holy Synod is the Pope, however, Synod affairs are managed by the Secretariat of the Holy Synod, which is made up of the Secretary of the Holy Synod, and the Synod Committee. The Secretariat is elected by secret ballot by the members of the Synod for renewable five-year terms. The last elections were held at the annual meeting in May 2018.
The Secretary of the Holy Synod is acting head of the Church when the Pope is abroad. The Synod Committee has two members who assist the Secretary in Synod affairs.
The current leader of the Holy Synod is His Holiness Pope Tawadros II
SECRETARY OF THE HOLY SYNOD
His Grace Bishop Daniel, Bishop of Maadi and El Basateen
MEMBERS OF THE SYNOD COMMITTEE
His Grace Bishop Ghabrial, Bishop of Beni Suef
His Grace Bishop Gabriel, Bishop of Austria